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Mustang, Mestengo, feral,salvaje

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I'm trying to find a title for my mural...something in the spirit of Po'pay of 1675 and that of the history of the mustang from the early midwest. My mural is a portrait of Po'pay, in the center of a 17th centry spanish bit that has been broken in two some celtic knots and some wild chinese horses. It's located on the old historic road camino real in santa fe now known as agua fria and the land the wall surrounds was used for breaking horses...

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updated JUL 19, 2008
posted by santos

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Yeah , does mestengo translate into the english word mustang'

Well, mustang comes from mestengo, but this Spanish word is no longer included in any of the dictionaries I have. I don't whether some people still use it, but unless a Mexican can confirm whether it still exists or not, it is likely to be lost.

The word mestengo is likely to be influenced by the word mestenco, which it is still in the dictionary, and it means masterless, specially applied to cattle. But even the word mestenco is rarely used - it is more common to hear mostrenco (another alteration), which, it means masterless, but it is applied mostly to people, as well as meaning ignorant or fat.

Summing up, I don't know whether the word is still in use, but I bet that most Spanish speakers are more likely to know mustang than mestengo, as it has happened before with many other English words from Spanish origin.

updated JUL 19, 2008
posted by lazarus1907
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Yeah , does mestengo translate into the english word mustang'If so is it a common translation, or no longer in use like you said. Would someone today say " mestengo' that means mustang. The theme of my mural is breaking the cycle of one culture having to dominate and destroy another. If the word mestengo is a lost word then maybe it fits my theme and could represent destruction of cultures in history and even today.

updated JUL 19, 2008
posted by santos
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Hold on! Let me see if I understand. You want to translate "mestengo" into Spanish? Unless we're talking about different Mestengoes, this is a Spanish word (from Mexico, and no longer in use), not an English one. The word "Mustang" is the English version of the Spanish word Mestengo, so I fail to see how can you translate a Spanish word into Spanish by using the English version of the Spanish word.

Or you want to translate Mustang as Mestengo, and I misread you'

updated JUL 18, 2008
posted by lazarus1907
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Well, I just want a word/ title that people who speak spanish can relate to.If the word Mestengo means/is commonly translated as mustang in spanish I think that will work.

And Thank you.

updated JUL 18, 2008
posted by santos
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And how can we help you exactly'

updated JUL 18, 2008
posted by lazarus1907
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