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Cinco de Mayo: Words to Celebrate Mexico

May 5, 2014
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with English words of Spanish origin.

Following the Mexican victory over the invading French army at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, Mexican communities in California and eventually the rest of the United States transformed this day into a celebration of Mexican culture.
avocado
Add salsa, lettuce, and avocado slices to top these tacos off.
bodega
A bodega, too, is where people come together.
conquistador
First the Incas, then the Conquistadores, working the Indians till they dropped.
corral
Silver also expressed confidence that he’d corral the necessary votes to force Sterling to sell.
desperado
Cormac McCarthy chronicles a father and son attempting to survive among desperados in the ashen ruins of modern society.
fiesta
These emerge with great fanfare during the annual Santa Fe Fiesta.
guacamole
He adds toasted cumin seeds, which he refers to as “Indian bacon bits,” to his chunky guacamole.
hurricane
Distributed generation could provide electricity to local areas even after a hurricane or other natural disaster.
incommunicado
Then he was held incommunicado for 81 days in 2011, and, since his release, he has been prohibited from traveling beyond Beijing.
iguana
The population densities of their prey — rodents, howler monkeys, iguanas and leaf-cutter ants — boomed to 10–100 times those on the mainland.
lasso
A maths equation for a spinning lasso stunt performed by cowboys and cowgirls has been unravelled.
mesa
We visited a pueblo called Sky City on a mesa hundreds of feet above the desert.
mole
Puebla gets credit for the invention of mole sauce — that would be mole poblano.
peccadillo
Political books can be hot property in the publishing world, with all that juicy gossip about power struggles and personal peccadilloes.
renegade
Among their number are a competing pair of bounty hunters, a renegade Confederate soldier and a female prisoner.
rodeo
Ronny, once a dashing young rodeo rider now badly brain-damaged, still looks to the others like his old self sometimes.
tornado
Tornadoes and other severe weather on Monday resulted in 14 deaths in the state, the agency said.
tortilla
Tacos are wrapped in warm, freshly pressed corn tortillas.
vamoose
"Up stakes and vamoose!" shouted one of the men, who had been living on a ranch.
vigilante
Mexico this week plans to begin to disarm the vigilantes and restore state authority.

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