A Peruvian Anglicism

Everyone’s getting excited because Peruvian president-elect Evo Morales does state business wearing a chompa, which the resident linguists at El País today inform us is an indigenous word for jersey or sweater, and which is a sure sign to the paranoid right-wingers with whom I hang that he’s about to do a Chávez. No worries: if we take etymology as argument, it simply indicated that he is receiving Harrods parcels from the Brits.

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