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Origin of Words: Borracho Posted by on Feb 8, 2010 in Spanish Culture, Spanish Vocabulary

In many rural regions of Spain, wine is still served in leather bota bags (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bota_bag), which in the 15th century were called borrachas, in Catalan.

Borracha comes from botella (bottle) y morratxa (a type of laboratory bottle). Later, the word borracho was used to talk about a drunkard, someone who was lleno de vino (full of wine).

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Comments:

  1. Jeremias:

    Que locura es! Yo no sabia!

  2. Eric Rohland:

    Referencia al bote?

    Nuncia habria pensado en esto. Lo que venia constantemente a mi mente planteando sobre el origen de dicha palabra era “borrar” y la morfema “-acho” como augmentativa tipo participio pasado. Asi que tendriamos “completamente borrado,” como una referencia de lo que hace el alcohol a nuestra mente, las memorias a acontecimientos del noche anterior.

    ¿Qué les parece?