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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The indigenous Mexican dog.

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  • echoes of Ogden Nash! Nice, sionnach!

    June 9, 2008

  • There's something about these Nahuatl words that moves me to commit doggerel (no pun intended). For instance:

    Three Nahuatl tonguetwisters

    Popocatepetl:
    Sure, it's a volcano.
    But it's also a word that'll test your mettle.
    Itzcuintli:
    Sacred dog of the Aztecs, beloved by Frida Kahlo,
    ugly as a Sharpei but not quite as crinkly.
    Quetzalcoatl:
    Not just a plumed serpent god beloved by D.H. Lawrence among others,
    but also a word that's hard to say, in fact if it doesn't make you stammer and stutter,
    I dunno what'll.

    Frida with Itzcuintli

    June 9, 2008