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Today I was reminded of the word lagaña as we stood in the eye doctor’s office. It was the first funny Spanish word I remember learning as a teen. We were making a trip across the border into Mexico and we taught a friend to say “soy lagaña” and told him it meant “I’m handsome.”

The reason the trip to the eye doctor reminded me of this word is because he used it today…properly. Lagañas are what people in polite company call “sleep in the eyes” and what the rest of us call “eye boogers.”


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