ojal

Yesterday’s discussion of botón/button seems to call for a follow-up posting about ojal, the Spanish word for ‘the opening in an article of clothing that a button passes through.’ English calls it straightforwardly a buttonhole, but the Spanish imagination sees that hole differently, given that ojal was created from ojo, the familiar Spanish word for ‘eye.’ Actually English can use the same metaphor, as in speaking of the eye of a needle or of the type of fastening called a hook and eye.

© 2010 Steven Schwartzman

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