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This week's theme: words borrowed from Spanish.
cabana (kuh-BAHN-uh) noun
1. A shelter on a beach or swimming pool.
2. A cabin or cottage.
[From Spanish cabaña, from Late Latin capanna (hut).]
Would it surprise you to know that cabin and cabinet are related? Or that basin and basinet/bassinet are? The diminutive suffix -et doesn't only convey the sense of smallness, it can change the whole meaning. Consider table and tablet, for another example.
-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)
"Calvin Klein is redecorating the cabana area of the lounge with furnishings like wall decorations featuring a new Klein logo and photographs of models wearing Klein clothes." Allison Fass; GQ Steps Out of Its Pages And Opens a Lounge; The New York Times; Feb 15, 2002.
What religion a man shall have is a historical accident, quite as much as what language he shall speak. -George Santayana, philosopher (1863-1952)
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