in Filipino English: "glitz" for "glitch"; "presidentiable"

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Thu Aug 27 21:58:13 UTC 2009

On Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 5:32 PM, Mark Mandel<Mark.A.Mandel at> wrote:
> Just happened on this (
> -----
> Barring any major glitz, Senator Manny Villar appears on his way to
> becoming the next president of the Republic of the Philippines, [snip]

Not a surprising confusion, given that Tagalog speakers frequently
nativize "ch" /tS/ in foreign words as /ts/. Examples:

Tag. "kotse" ('car') < Sp. "coche"
Tag. "panutsa"/"panotsa" ('cane sugar chunk') < Sp. "panocha"
Tag. "biskotso" ('sponge cake') < Sp. "bizcocho"
Tag. "tsinelas" ('sandals, slippers') < Sp. "chinelas"

--Ben Zimmer

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