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    If there’s a trait that distinguishes Spanish聽from other languages, it’s definitely the presence of the letter 脩 that we all know and love, right? Well, no. 馃檪聽While looking into this so-called 鈥渢ypically Spanish鈥 letter, we’ve learned that it鈥檚 also part of other languages such as Guarani, Quechua or Tagalog. It’s clear that the Spanish conquistadores had something to do with it鈥

    Exclusivity notwithstanding, what鈥檚 clear is that the letter 脩 is an intrinsic part of not only the name of Spain itself, but also numerous terms that, without it, would sound strange to say the least, and even cause confusion (Me romp铆 una una 鈥淚 broke a one鈥 vs. Me romp铆 una u帽a 鈥淚 broke a nail鈥).

    According to some scholars, the letter 脩 came into being in the medieval monasteries. As you know, one of the most important responsibilities of the monks was copying books, a task that was quite laborious and, at times, interminable. To save time, whenever they had to write the sequence of letters 鈥nn鈥 (e.g., annus or Hispannia) the busy monks abbreviated and placed a tiny letter 鈥渘鈥 right above the first 鈥渘鈥. That small 鈥渘鈥 evolved, over time, into the characteristic trait that we all know and love, and which we sorely miss on the computer keyboards from other countries.

    To end this article, we wish to share with you some unusual words that are written with the letter 脩.

    A帽acal:聽 Board on which bread is brought to the oven after kneading.
    Pipita帽a: Flute made of green barley cane.
    Ca帽ame帽as:聽 Made with hemp thread.
    Pi帽uelo:聽 Grain or seed from grapes and some other fruits.
    Esmu帽ir:聽 Milk tree branches.
    Entu帽ar:聽 Said of a tree or a vine: to fill with fruit.

    Would you like to share your favorite word with the letter 脩 with Okodia? Share your comments with us!

     

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