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Chris -- 2018-04-11

#1 2005-10-29 13:24:34

From: Winchester Massachusetts
Registered: 2005-10-25
Posts: 674

'mosquito' for 'miskito'

The Miskito are an ethnic group indigenous to Eastern Nicaragua. Per Wikipedia, their name was ‘corrupted’ to ‘mosquito’ by the first Spanish settlers in the region, and the region became known as the ‘mosquito coast.’ It’s wet, tropical and no doubt has a lot of bugs. This should be considered an ancient or nearly mainstream eggcorn. ‘Mosquito Indian’ gets 600 ghits vs. 19,000 for ‘MIskito Indian.’

The Mosquito Coast is named for the Mosquito Indians, descendants of the Payan Indians who have inhabited the region for at least a 1000 years.

The Mosquito Indians, of whom there are several tribes, are short of stature and very dark-skinned.

The ultimate destination was a village inhabited by the Mosquito Indians who live in the highlands and on the river, Rio Coco.

For centuries the Mosquito Indians of northeastern Nicaragua have relied on the sea to survive.



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