In a thought process totally unrelated to the Mets being 1-6 since the all star break I am spending some time trying to answer the question “why is Spain (and Portugal) the only country in Europe that doesn’t call beer “beer” or its Slavic cousin “Pivo”?
I had originally thought it was an Arabic word, but since Islam forbids alcohol I was confused, and now I find that it’s actually from Latin – which changes “why does Spanish NOT use “beer”” into “Why do all these other European languages USE the word “beer””
from my friend Mary: Fun linguistic fact: thegeorgian word for beer is “ludi.” But the word “ludi” in Russian means “people.” Weeeeeird!
- Dann Russo the word “ludi” in Latin means “games”
supposedly “cerveza” comes from “grain strength” too