February 18, 2013
stampede (noun)
\stam-PEED\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : a wild rush or flight of frightened animals2 : a sudden movement of a crowd of people
How do you use it?
The teacher said, "Class is dismissed," and there was a stampede for the door.
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Which language gave us "stampede"?

If you chose D, you're right! "Stampede" is taken from American Spanish, which is the type of Spanish spoken in the Americas. "Stampede" comes from the American Spanish word "estampida," meaning "crash," itself from the Spanish word "estampar," meaning "to stamp." During the 1700s and 1800s, there was a very strong Spanish influence in the American West, and English took almost hundreds of words from American Spanish, including "canyon," "barbecue," and "stampede."
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