Richard Jensen rjensen at SAINTMARYS.EDU
Mon Jan 5 15:55:00 CST 2004

According to Jean Andrews, in "Peppers, The Domesticated Capsicums," the original
Nahautl word was chipotle.  Could it be that the extra l was added by the Spanish?


Kevin Winker wrote:

> Dear Heike et al.,
>      The thread on teosinte/teocintle causes me to wonder why the first "l" in
> chilpotle has been increasingly excised the farther one gets from rural
> Veracruz. For those who don't know this wonderful smoked ripe jalapeno
> (available dried or canned), I recommend that you avail yourselves of a
> culinary delight (in the U.S. I've only seen it as 'chipotle'). This and other
> words make me wonder how fast it's acceptable to cause change in words just
> because we choose to use them in English. Some, like this one, seem to be
> changed with a rude abruptness. Meme taxonomists?
> Best,
> --
> Kevin Winker
> University of Alaska Museum
> 907 Yukon Drive
> Fairbanks, Alaska 99775
> ffksw at

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