Saturday, August 14, 2010

Word For The Day: cojones

cojones - kəˈhuːnəz - vulgar Spanish word for testicles denoting courage or a “brazen, brave attitude”.  Contextually, its usage is like that of the Yiddish chutzpah (nerve).  (A common euphemistic misspelling, "cajones", actually refers to "furniture drawers”, so don't make a fool of yourself by confusing the two.)  Etymology: Spanish: s. cojón and huevos (eggs) are vulgar curse-word usages for testicles.  The singular form, cojón derives from the vulgar Latin coleonem, from cōleus (leather bag for liquids).  Analogues to the Spanish cojones exist in at least ten other languages.