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Aguacate Etymology

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On the Question of Race - Quique Avilés

“Aguacates” (line 29) is the Spanish word for Avocadoes. Avocados were discovered in Mexico and were given the word “Aguacates,” which at the time meant “testicle.” The name was humorously ascribed because of the avocado’s physical resemblance to the physiognomy of its namesake.

Which ideas in the text corroborate with the reproductive connotations of “aguacate’s” etymology and suggest the author’s familiarity with the word’s colorful history?

A

The poem is about food and culture.

B

The poem is about words and their histories.

C

The poem is about lineage and heritage.

D

The poem is about children and their troubles.

E

The poem is about discovery and categorization.