Photo: Gael Garcia Bernal Proposed The Prettiest Word in Spanish
“Netizens” (Citizens of the Net) chose the word Querétaro proposed by actor Gael García Bernal in the poll organized by the Cervantes Institute.
More than 33,000 people voted from a list of more than 30 words proposed by Hispanic personalities, such as Peruvian Nobel Mario Vargas Llosa, Colombian Singer Shakira, Argentine actor Ricardo Darín and many others.
The word chosen by Mexican actor Gael García Bernal, Querétaro, does not appear in the dictionary of the Spanish language, as it is a proper name, that of a city. Its exact definition is a matter of debate, as some say it means “Island of the blue salamanders” and others say it means “Place of the giant rocks.”
Following “Querétaro” were such words as “Gracias” (Thanks), “Libertad” (Freedom) and “Sueño” (Dream), proposed by Spanish singer Raphael, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Spanish Psychologist Luis Rojas Marcos, respectively.