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Salchicha and Chis­el

Hot dog salchicha spanish

To chis­el, and the Span­ish salchicha (ba­si­cal­ly, hot dog) both come from the same root: the Latin se­care, mean­ing “to cut, sev­er, de­cide”.

Oth­er Eng­lish words some from the same Latin root se­care, such as dis­sect.

How did “to cut” turn in­to “hot dog”? Via the Ital­ian Sal­s­ic­cia — and if you think about it, the hot dog is in­deed just a very fine­ly chis­eled piece of meat!


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