Ask McFartnuggets: “Why Don’t Spanish People Ever Say Nueva England?”

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Dear McFartnuggets: 
How come you never hear Spanish people calling New England “Nueva England” like they say “Nueva York” or “Nueva Jersey”? Is the Spanish name for New England really “Nueva England”? It sounds so weird. -- Jacky from Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Dear Jacky:
Actually the Spanish speaking term for New England is “Nueva Inglaterra.” The reason for this is because Inglaterra is the Spanish name for “England.” Don’t ask me why they have their own word for England and not for York or Jersey. So that would probably explain why you don’t hear people saying “Nueva England” very often. Also, New England is a region consisting of Connecticut Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. These states don’t have Hispanic populations anywhere near New York. So if you don’t hear Spanish speaking people saying “Nueva England” or “Nueva Inglaterra” very often it’s for the same reason you don’t hear them saying “Nueva Hampshire” or “Nueva Delhi.”

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