August 05, 2013
temblor (noun)
\TEM-bler\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: earthquake
How do you use it?
The temblor registered a 4.5 on the Richter scale.
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Where do you think we got the word "temblor" from?

Never fear: the answer is C! The word "temblor" means both "earthquake" and "trembling" in Spanish, and we borrowed the word into English in the mid-1800s. We've borrowed many words from Spanish, and "temblor" isn't the only Spanish word for a natural event or disaster that has ended up in English. "Hurricane" and "tornado" came from Spanish into English in the mid-1500s, and "El Niņo" and "La Niņa," Spanish names for weather patterns, arrived in 1896 and 1988, respectively.
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