Free tonguing prospector leading his mule

I was paging through Pep Comics #11 from 1941 when a very strange page fell under my wondering eyes. Free-tonguin’ cowboys? Wait, what? Of course if you knew the right cowboy you could order you up a Brokeback Mountain Tossed Salad in the old west, but surely the comic books of 1941 wouldn’t be acknowledging that?

It turns out to have been, still somewhat oddly, a story about verbal shifts during linguistic borrowing from Mexican Spanish:

article about linguistic drift and borrow words from mexican spanish

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