micc2 micc2 at COX.NET
Fri Mar 5 21:23:24 UTC 2004

I heard once from a nahuatla'to from Morelia that it came from "Tlacua"
eat something.......

John F. Schwaller wrote:

> A friend of mine, who is not a subscriber and who does not study Nahuatl
> sent me the following query:
>> But the real reason I'm writing is to ask you a question about
>> Nahuatl.  Is
>> there a word for taco?  When I looked in Santamaria, the first
>> gastronomic
>> references are from Manuel Payno and Luis Inclan, and of course the
>> etymology
>> is a Spanish (or French) word for a cloth plug for a musket shot.
> Is there a root in Nahuatl?  The closest thing I could come up with on
> the
> spot was "tlaco" meaning half, perhaps referring to the folded-over
> nature
> of the tortilla in a taco.
> John F. Schwaller
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