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Thu Jul 30, 2015, 12:49 PM

Isn't Albuquerque a Spanish word/name ?

My latest issue of Albuquerque Magazine has a blurb which says:

"Did you know?
Albuquerque is the only word in the English language which repeats the letter sequence 'que' twice.

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Reply Isn't Albuquerque a Spanish word/name ? (Original post)
left-of-center2012 Jul 2015 OP
TreasonousBastard Jul 2015 #1
Xipe Totec Jul 2015 #5
ann--- Jul 2015 #2
Erich Bloodaxe BSN Jul 2015 #3
niyad Jul 2015 #4
SheilaT Jul 2015 #6
El Supremo Jul 2015 #7
left-of-center2012 Jul 2015 #8

Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Thu Jul 30, 2015, 12:58 PM

1. Named for the Duke of Albuquerque...

a city in Spain.

Wouldn't be a bit surprised if there were Arabic roots, though, going back to the moors.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 30, 2015, 01:27 PM

5. Albukrek is an Arabic last name nt

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Thu Jul 30, 2015, 01:02 PM

2. Here is the etymology of

 

the word Albuquerque. It IS used in the English Language
even though its root is not here.

http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=Albuquerque

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Thu Jul 30, 2015, 01:04 PM

3. I think it translates as

'Place where you take a wrong turn'.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Thu Jul 30, 2015, 01:07 PM

4. here:

Word Origin and History for Albuquerque

city in New Mexico, U.S., founded 1706 and named for Spanish administrator and viceroy of Mexico Francisco Fernández de la Cueva, Duque de Alburquerque (1617-1676); name altered by association with Portuguese soldier Alfonso de Albuquerque (1453-1515), both named from Alburquerque, a town in Spain close to the Portuguese border, meaning "white oak;" ultimately from Latin albus "white" and quercus "oak.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Thu Jul 30, 2015, 01:48 PM

6. The original duke the city is named for had another r in his name:

 

Duke of Alburquerque. Have no idea why that first r got dropped.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Thu Jul 30, 2015, 01:54 PM

7. The Duke City!

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Thu Jul 30, 2015, 03:02 PM

8. So .........

While used in the USA, it is not an English word any more than Socorro (NM).

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