There’s a little bit of Español in every one of our 50 estados.
Here’s the rundown.
Vote for your favorite in the comments sección!
Short for mobile phone.
As for Crimson Tide… that’s Marea Carmesí.
Female citizens from Salcha are known as Salchichas… whose direct translation is “sausages.”
Casa Grande, Arizona
The Big House, eh?
Isn’t that in Anna Arbor?
El Dorado, Arkansas
The golden one lives in Arkansas.
Los Gatos, California
The Cats. No wonder they didn’t bother to translate it.
Real estate values would plummet.
Las Ánimas, Colorado
The Spirits of Colorado.
Maybe these spirits helped blow the lid off the hookah as CO leads the way in marijuana revenue.
No, no, no… it’s pronounced (oohn-YOHN koh-NAYK-tee-koot).
Of the sea… sure that makes more sense than a Blue Hen :: Gallina Azul.
Boca Ratón, Florida
Rat Mouth, FLA.
Hmmm, sounds nice there.
Stop sign capital of the south.
Hilo means thread.
Bonanza is an identical Spanish Twin.
It means the same – and is spelled the same – in both English and Spanish.
Cerro Gordo, Illinois
Sometimes you’re simply born into low self-esteem.
Dale – the call sign of Pitbull – means to “hit it.”
Double entendres for everyone!
Nevada means snowfall.
Iowa is pronounced (ee-OH-wah).
Let’s keep moving….
De Soto, Kansas
A soto is a thicket.
I’d prefer a thicket over a Jayhawk any day.
They take their “sacraments” (horses, bourbon, & church) seriously here.
Ola means wave.
Hola is accompanied by a wave.
Inundación means flood.
It’s a sack.
For all sorts of things….
La Plata, Maryland
Narcotraficante Pablo Escobar’s famous line was: “¿Plata o Plomo?”
“The silver or the lead,” requiring a choice: take the bribe and act accordingly or accept a lead bullet to the face.
I looked for a town named Hoy (today) – sin suerte.
Hold up your hand… point to the middle of your palm.
That’s Stick, Mich.
Makes sense – they grow well in climates with 10-month winters.
Unsure of accent marks, this could mean:
- How, Mississippi
- Like, Mississippi
- As, Mississippi
- I eat, Mississippi
I’d opt for the last one.
If I lived in Missouri, I’d have a goal too….
There’s more malt per capita in Montana than any other M-named state.
La Vista, Nebraska
As the great philosopher, Harry Dunn, once remarked while viewing the Nebraska plains, “I thought the Rocky Mountains would be a little rockier than this…”
It’s hot… that’s why they call it The Strip.
Candia, New Hampshire
Sounds like Sandía – watermelon.
Buena Vista, New Jersey
Sure… but a good view of what?
Socorro, New Mexico
Q: What do you say if you live in Socorro, NM?
Elmira, New York
It ends in an A… it’s probably Lamira.
Saluda, North Carolina
Thank you, kind sir.
I salute you too.
Lehr, North Dakota
Leer (lay-AYR) to read.
Make your own joke here.
Sol means sun.
Adding an -ón on the end means “Strong sunlight.”
El Reno, Oklahoma
In OK they’ll shoot just about anything… including Santa’s transportación.
Fence or Stockade, which makes sense on the rancho.
Dawn… as in Jessica Dawn.
Paz Dale, Rhode Island
Paz = Peace and ¡Dale! we know is rapper Pitbull’s one-liner.
Paz dale is how you say, “Peace out. Let’s hit it!”
Campobello, South Carolina
Hoven, South Dakota
Dakota Sur opted for the phonetic spelling of Joven: youth.
After learning the town’s original name (ramera) means “whore, prostitute” in Spanish, they dropped the last A.
Be careful who you call “yellow” in Tejas.
Mona is a female monkey.
I’ll just leave it at that.
Pronounced (EE-rah), ira is a Spanish Twin for ire, fury or rage.
Ceredo, West Virginia
You say Ceredo, I say Cerrado (closed), let’s call the whole thing off.
I read, Wyoming.
Aha – so you’re the one!
The “soul” of Wisconsin is a giant wheel of cheddar cheese.
Have a happy – and safe – 4th de julio!
Bradley Hartmann is founder and El Presidente at Red Angle (www.redanglespanish.com), a training and consulting firm bridging the English-Spanish language gap in the construction industry.
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