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caecilius-est-pater  asked:

I speak Spanish and I just started learning Arabic, and one of my favorite parts is finding all these Spanish words that come from Arabic through the Moors. It blew my mind a bit when I realized usted comes from ustaad, which means teacher. Some other common ones are alfombra, zanahoria, cafe... Got any other cool ones?

The majority of Spanish words that begin with al- are Arabic based, except for the notable exceptions of la almendra “almond” (and things related to “almonds”), as well as almorzar ”to eat lunch” (which is actually a construct of the Arabic al- with the Latin word for “biting/chewing” mixed in).

Very common Arabic words include…

  • el alcalde, la alcaldesa = the mayor (of a city)
  • el alcaide, la alcaidesa = warden (of a jail) OR governor (of a medieval fortress)
  • la albahaca = basil
  • el azafrán = saffron
  • el aceite = oil
  • la aceituna = olive (while Latin’s is oliva)
  • el azúcar = sugar
  • azul = blue
  • lila = lilac / light purple
  • el azulejo = tile
  • el arroz = rice
  • la naranja = orange
  • el limón = lemon
  • la lima = lime
  • la sandía = watermelon
  • hasta = until
  • jaque mate = checkmate
  • el nenúfar = waterlily
  • la amapola = poppy
  • la almohada = pillow
  • la alfombra = carpet, rug
  • el marfil = ivory
  • la momia = mummy
  • el paraíso = paradise / heaven (while Latin’s is cielo)
  • el sofá = sofa, couch
  • la alcoba = alcove / boudoir, bedroom
  • el / la rehén = hostage
  • la alhaja = jewel (fancier term for la joya)
  • el almacén = warehouse, storehouse, department store
  • el ataúd = coffin
  • la jaqueca = severe migraine
  • la taza = (tea or coffee) cup
  • el naipe = playing card (instead of la carta)
  • el alacrán = scorpion
  • el alcatraz = pelican, sea gannet
  • ojalá = I hope to God
  • olé = bravo, good job
  • loco/a = crazy
  • el azar = luck / chance
  • al azar = at random
  • el cero = zero

And I’m sure there are tons more that I’m missing, given that Arabic-inspired words make up about 20% of Spanish words… more or less depending on the region.

I am the proud owner of one of these. It is one of my very very favourite objects that I own. It’s an antique, legitimate cup they used to use back in the day for reading fortunes in tea leaves. Although I dont believe in all that, this teacup is adorable, with the matching saucer. Worth a reasonabe amount of money nowadays … a friend of mine says “SELL IT!!!"  - Hell no you uncultured cunt! It is worth so much more sentimental value than that!.

My very own CUP OF KNOWLEDGE <3