Salsa – From the Latin ‘Salsus’, meaning ‘salted’

Salsa, it’s a sauce and a dance! How has that come about? How do the two entwine?

Well, it turns out that the dance was actually named after the food, or to be more accurate; the dance was named after the music, which was named after the food. There’s some debate over whether the music was named after the food because it brought a mix of cultures together (like the food) or because of its spicy connotations, perhaps it was a mixture of both.

We use the word for the food today in English, and it’s probably no surprise that it’s a word we’ve borrowed from Spanish. The word originally comes from the Latin word ‘Salsus’ meaning ‘salted’. It’s the same word from which we get ‘sauce’.

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