The Importance of the Ñ in Spanish

My dad sent me this a list of words whose meaning changes completely between ‘ñ’ and ‘n’. I found it amusing and decided to share ^_^.


añejo: vintage /  anejo: attachment

campaña: campaign /  campana: bell

caña: cane  / cana: white hair

caño: tube or spout  / cano: having white hair

cañón: cannon  / canon: canon

cuña: wedge  / cuna: cradle

doña: lady, ma’am  /  dona: donut

empañar: to stain, tarnish  / empanar: to make into bread

moña: lace used to tie hair  / mona: female monkey

moño: ponytail  / mono: monkey

niña: girl  / Nina: a female name

ñoña: nonsense / nona: ninth

ordeñar: to milk (a cow)  /  ordenar: to order

pañal: diaper  / panal: beehive

peña: boulder  / pena: sorrow

sueño: to sleep, dream  / sueno: I sound (present tense)

tiña: ringworm  / Tina: a female name, also a tub

Toño: nickname of Antonio  / tono: tone

uña: nail  /  una: one


There you have it. If you are writing in Spanish, either switch the keyboard to Spanish, or learn the ALT code for Ññ (ALT 164/5), otherwise you could be saying something altogether different.


And for those wondering why I didn’t include ‘year’ and ‘cone’, take a long while to look at yourself *shakes head in disappointment*, 😉


That’s it for now, comment, like, etc…


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