Her story is highly suspect’: Malden superintendent’s education credentials called into question

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  1. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    The Spanish word "chile" is a cognate of the Nahuatl word "chīlli". Which means that for both the anglicized spelling* and the actual pronunciation of "chili" or "chilli", English is closer than Spanish to the original.

    *The actual written Nahuatl language is a more complicated matter because there were several competing writing systems used over the centuries and none became standardized.

    Source: I actually knew this off the top of my head and didn't have to look it up on Wikipedia. Yeah, that's the ticket.
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  2. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Thanks, Maniac! I didn't realize there were other-than-Mayan pre-contact writing systems in what is now Mexico. Now I looked this up I find there were a bunch - Nahuatl, Mixtec, Zapotec and others. Maybe you should look into a career teaching Meso-American Philology. :) Kuali onkisalistli! (Nahuatl - Good luck!)

  3. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    @nosborne48 Maniac put his finger on the problem here. The Spanish absolutely murdered Native languages - and priests burned all the books.
    That's how Cuauhnáhuac became Cuernavaca. It went from "place near the forest" to "cow horn" thanks to Cortés in 1521.

    Los soldados españoles no fueron elegidos por sus habilidades lingüísticas. (Spanish soldiers were not chosen for their linguistic capabilities.)
  4. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    And now look what they did! .."Alas, poor chīlli. I knew him well." :(
  5. nosborne48

    nosborne48 Well-Known Member

    None of this matters. All that counts now is that Texans spell it that way! QED.
  6. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    (Sigh.) well, I guess it counts - in Texas - then. If I ever go there (and I won't) I'll do it their way. Not until.
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  7. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    @nosborne48 And -- QED? Nothing of the kind. I happen to have this book on my bookshelf: "A Bowl of Red" by Frank X Tolbert, on chili. Mr. Tolbert was a renowned authority on the subject and hailed from Dallas. He spelled the word "chili" throughout his book. Perhaps next, you'll be telling me people from Houston, Austin or Galveston write "chile" and are the ultimate authorities. "QED."

    Don't waste your time.

    "Frank X. Tolbert, founder of the world famous Terlingua Chili Cook-off and the Chili Appreciation Society International, was the king of chili—not because he laid any claim to being a world class chili chef, but because he consumed copious amounts of chili and was the first chili head to do a proper study of its historical and gastronomical origins. He wrote about chili for years as a newspaper man. And his book "A Bowl of Red" is a must read for all would-be chili heads."

    I like Mr. Tolbert's book, and intend NEVER to mix my thoughts of a fine meal with thoughts of a tin-pot despot (Pinochet) or my equally tin-pot landlord.
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  8. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    And if that isn't enough - here's a vid. of my favourite lady - Ms. Eva Jacqueline Longoria Bastón, cooking CHILI-rub steak tacos with Serrano peppers and Ancho CHILI powder. She was born and raised in Corpus Christi Texas - and is a Texas A&M (Kingsville) grad. QED? I don't think so. CASE CLOSED.

  9. nosborne48

    nosborne48 Well-Known Member

    Have you ever been to Terlingua? My 1971 VW bus lost a clutch while visiting Big Bend National Park and so we were stuck there for three days. The very few people we saw there were friendly and the mechanic did a good job once the parts arrived. But oh my...it's a long...long...LONG ways from anywhere!

    Not far from where the late Justice Antonin Scalia met his end.
  10. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    No. I always preferred to be far away from Justice Scalia.
  11. nosborne48

    nosborne48 Well-Known Member

    • Two notes: 1) Big Bend is one of the largest and least visited national parks in the 48 states. This is a shame in a way; it's beautiful and interesting with fine hiking and rafting opportunities. 2) People don't realize how huge Trans Pecos Texas is and how few people live there. Leaving out El Paso County, which with Cd. Juarez comprises about 2 million inhabitants, the vastness of 30,000 square miles contains about 50,000 people. It's essentially desert and steppe wilderness that goes on forever. There are even actual mountain ranges. Texas mountains, to be sure, meaning hardly more than foothills to us Rocky Mountain States types, but large enough to experience different eco-regions.
    Really, folks, worth a long visit.

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