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One day I was out with a Cuban friend on a mission to rent a car. Though he was born in Cuba, he and his family have lived in the US since he was very young. While he was talking to the car rental man he asked a question about the timón. I had just learned the word timón a couple of weeks before. It means the rudder of a ship. Or it can mean the helm.

To me it was funny to hear him refer to the volante (steering wheel) as the timón. Since then I have learned that other countries also use timón as the word for steering wheel.


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