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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

'Burrito' = 'Little Donkey' or 'Mexican Popiah'

Useful word to learn if you want an alternative to the usual expletive. 

To someone you're OK with, the word just means affectionately a Spanish or an Mexican 'Popiah'.

To someone you're NOT OK with, you're calling him a 'Little Donkey'. 

'Burrito' is English (US) or Spanish for 'Little Donkey' or 'Spanish Mexican Popiah'... you decide.

Here's what triggered this post.

Popiah = Asian Burrito.

A friend of mine made this statement on Facebook.

"I'm having the 'Asian Burrito' for lunch. That's what my Caucasian friends call Popiah."
~ by Michelle

'Burrito' ~ just an excerpt

A burrito (US English /bəˈritoʊ/, Spanish: [buˈrito]), or taco de harina ['tako ðe a'ɾina], is a type of Mexican food. It consists of a wheat flour tortilla wrapped or folded into a roughly cylindrical shape to completely enclose a filling. (In contrast, a taco is generally formed by simply folding a tortilla in half around a filling, leaving the semicircular perimeter open.) The flour tortilla is usually lightly grilled or steamed, to soften it and make it more pliable.

In Mexico, refried beans or meat are sometimes the only fillings. In the United States, however, fillings generally include a combination of ingredients such as Mexican-style rice or plain rice, refried beans or beans, lettuce, salsa, meat, guacamole, cheese, and sour cream, and the size varies, with some burritos considerably larger than their Mexican counterparts.


The word burrito means "little donkey" in Spanish, as a diminiuitive form of burro, or "donkey". The name burrito as applied to the food item possibly derives from the appearance of a rolled up wheat tortilla, which vaguely resembles the ear of its namesake animal, or from bedrolls and packs that donkeys carried. In some areas, such as the Lower Rio Grande Valley, they are called patos, meaning "ducks", again presumably derived from their appearance (cf. golubtsy).


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