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In a situation or state whereby you can’t communication with other people. Spanish “incomunicado” < “incomunicar”=to deprive of communication < Latin “in-“=not + “communicare”=to make common.

A sorcerer, wizard, or witch doctor; a man who practices magic. Spanish “brujo”=male sorcerer < “bruja”=sorceress, witch. Unknown origin.

A doglike fox found in the forests and savannah of South America. Spanish “zorro”=fox.

An army officer responsible for office work; more generally, an assistant, helper, or aide. Spanish “ayudante” < “ayudar”=to aide, help < Latin “adiuvare”=to assist < “ad-“=towards + “juvare”=to help.

A style of subjective journalism characterized by factual distortion and exaggerated rhetorical style; outrageous, extreme, or strangely unusual. Coined in the early 1970s, possible Italian “gonzo”=foolish or Spanish “ganso”=fool or goose.

A traditional form of popular musical comedy in Spain. Derived from the name “Real Sitio de la Zarzuela” in Madrid, where these works were first performed in the early 17th century.

Another name for the Sperm whale. French “cachalot” < Spanish and Portuguese “cachola”=big head.

A heavy cloth with a raised design often made of gold or silver thread. Spanish “brocado”=cloth of gold and silver < “broccare”=to boss (raise up like a stud) < Italian “brocca”=a boss or stud.

A feeling of friendliness and well-being towards people with whom you work or share an experience. French “camarade”=one who shares the same room, esp. among soldiers < Spanish “camarado” < “camara”=room < Latin “camera”=chamber + “ado”=noun-forming suffix.

A tightly rolled tobacco leaf (or leaves) that is used for smoking. Spanish “cigarro” < possibly Mayan “sicar”=smoking.

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