Word Archaeology: cacafuego

From the Latin “cacare” (to poop, basically) and the Spanish “fuego” (fire), this word circa 1625 meant a braggart or a boaster. Before that, in the 16th Century, “Cacafuego” was the nickname of a Spanish galleon called Nuestra Señora de la Concepción, which was captured by Sir Francis Drake.

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