OED Online Word of the Day : gordita, n.

OED Online Word of the Day : gordita, n.

November 3 2012 , Written by John Currin’s Blogs and News



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Your word for today is: gordita, n.


gordita, n.
Pronunciation: Brit. /ɡɔːˈdiːtə/,  U.S. /ɡɔrˈdidə/
Etymology: < Mexican Spanish gordita (1st half of 19th cent. or earlier), lit. ‘little fat one’, specific use as noun of feminine ofgordito <  gordo fat (12th cent.; <  classical Latin gurdusblockhead, dolt, of uncertain origin) + -ito (see -et suffix1).
 Chiefly U.S.

  In Mexican cookery: a thick round cake of fried masa dough, now often served with a filling of meat, cheese, or vegetables.

1843  F. E. I. Calderón de la Barca Life in Mexico II. xlviii. 314 Thick tortillas, called gorditas.
1847  G. F. Ruxton Adventures in Mexico & Rocky Mountains xxiv. 207 The fare in Laforey’s house was what might be expected in a hunter’s establishment: venison, antelope,..with cakes of Indian meal, either tortillas or gorditas.
1885 Galveston(Texas)Daily News 1 July 3/3 They live on very little, for breakfast having only a cup of coffee and a couple of gorditas, a small cake made from corn ground on a stone.
1911  T. P. Terry Terry’s Mexico Handbk. for Travellers (rev. ed.) 393 The gorditas sell at two for one centavo, and the hungry Indians eat them in amazing quantities.
1969 Los Angeles Times 15 May vi. 21 Place shredded meat on each gordita. Spoon sauce over meat and top with cheese, carrots, lettuce, avocado and radish slices.
2004 Chicago Tribune 9 Apr. 23 A prepared food section loaded with such guilty pleasures as crisp-fried smelts called charales and plump, meat-stuffed gorditas.

“Thanks! I don’t know if that’s necessarily true, but it’s nice of you to say.”

“Thanks! I don’t know if that’s necessarily true, but it’s nice of you to say.”

English Lesson: Thanks! I don't know if that's necessarily true, but it's nice of you to say.

You’re speaking to someone at a party and you tell him how long you’ve been studying English. He says that you speak it really well considering the amount of time you’ve studied. You want to thank him for the compliment while seeming modest.

Thanks! I don’t know if that’s necessarily true, but it’s nice of you to say.

I don’t know if that’s necessarily true.


“I don’t know if that’s necessarily true” means “That might not be true.”

You can use this phrase to politely disagree with a statement that someone has made. For example:

A: You definitely need to have a degree in Computer Science to get a job as a computer programmer, right?

B: I don’t know if that’s necessarily true.

This phrase is more polite than “That’s not true” or “That’s wrong” because it leaves open the possibility that what the person has said might be true. “I don’t know if…” and “necessarily” soften the phrase.


(It’s/That’s) nice of you to say.


When someone praises or compliments you, sometimes you accept the praise. You think that you deserve the compliment.

Other times, you don’t think that the person’s compliment is really deserved. You think that they’re just saying nice things to you to be polite, or that their opinion of you is higher than it should be. In these situations, you can respond to the praise or compliment with “That’s nice of you to say.”

A: You have a great singing voice!

B: What? That’s very nice of you to say, but I don’t think so at all!

Sometimes people respond to compliments this way, even when they completely agree with the compliment, in order to seem polite and modest.

This phrase can stand on its own:

That‘s nice of you to say.

Or “say” can have an object:

It’s nice of you to say that.

Or it can be in this form:

That‘s not true, but it’s nice of you to say.



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