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  • From The Voyages of Milosrdenstvi:

    Departure: June 22

    Return: August 18

    No beautiful alphabet to bring back this time, I'm afraid, but maybe there will be some interesting words in Spanish.

    June 11, 2010

  • Possibly the most interesting words were the ones anomalous to other Spanish. Examples: tallarin for espagueti, chompa for sueter, medias for calzinetas, chanilla for bufanda, chupete for puleta. I also found the first person plural imperfect subjunctive perfect helping verb hubiéramos highly and unintentionally comic.

    Now, somebody needs to tell me where all the good pages happened.

    August 19, 2010

  • Were you looking for Peru?

    August 20, 2010

  • And did you try lots of interesting Peruvian fruits?

    August 20, 2010

  • In fact, I had a non-Cavendish banana, something called "island banana" which was diamond shaped, pink, and rather sweet.

    August 21, 2010

  • Tallarin could be derived from tajarin, a Piedmontese variety of egg pasta.

    August 21, 2010

  • Did somebody say egg pasta?

    August 21, 2010

  • There's been a decent amount of Italian influence in that part of South America (more in Argentina and Chile, though) -- at any rate, I wouldn't at all be surprised.

    *listens for echo* ......egg pasta......egg pasta.......

    *EDIT*: and lo and behold, Wiktionary proclaims:

    "...from Italian tagliarini."

    August 22, 2010

  • And I thought you were in Peru, Vermont, or should I say Peru, Verde-Monti ??

    August 24, 2010