from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An abbreviation of Guatemala.
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Brrr...who knew guate could be so cold, i´m bundled up in my jacket right now! the weather has gotten a little colder since we´ve been here, but my host mom Juana assures me that summer is just around the corner.
America called after wild animals, and my own opinion is that the origin of the fable about the red hair was a theory to explain why they were called Guatuses; for the natives of Nicaragua, and of parts much nearer home, are fond of giving fanciful explanations of the names of places and things: thus, I have been assured by an intelligent and educated Nicaraguan, that Guatemala was so-called by the Spaniards because they found the guate (a kind of grass) in that country bad, hence "guate malo," "bad guate," -- whereas every student of Mexican history knows that the name was the Spanish attempt to pronounce the old Aztec one of Quauhtemallan, which meant the Land of the Eagle.