NZTC International’s Word of the Week: xocolātl (pronounced shokolatl)

Date
Mar
6
20150306

NZTC International’s Word of the Week: xocolātl (pronounced shokolatl)

This word from the indigenous Mexican language of Nahuatl is regarded as a probable source of what is now one of the most universally recognised and mouth-watering sounds in almost all languages. It literally meant “bitter water”.

The Mayan and Aztec peoples over 4000 years ago used cacao beans to make the bitter-tasting chocolate drinks that have evolved into today’s vast range of chocolate foods and beverages.

Whether it’s written in Finnish as suklaa, Hungarian as csokoládé, Russian as шоколад, Chinese as 巧克力 or Italian as cioccolato, it has an instantly recognisable sound that evokes the same pleasurable response in people worldwide.