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hoosegow or hoosgow (HOOS-gou)
noun: A jail.
[From Spanish juzgado (court), past participle of juzgar (to judge), from Latin judicare (to judge). Ultimately from Indo-European root deik- (to show or to pronounce solemnly) that is also the source of other words such as judge, verdict, vendetta, revenge, indicate, dictate, and paradigm.]
Like the word hoosegow there is another slang term for prison that came from Spanish: calaboose, from Spanish calabozo (dungeon).
"Throughout 2002 and 2003, the CIA sent Chertoff urgent questions asking
whether various 'interrogation protocols' could get their agents sent
to the hoosegow."
"The historic looking hoosegow features a pair of cells complete with
iron locks and keys designed by Rose himself."
This week's theme: Words borrowed from Spanish
To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god. -Jorge Luis Borges, writer (1899-1986)
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