Los Baños

On our recent trip to California, we drove by a town called Los Banos. When I was a kid we used to drive through it on the way to go fishing or to Yosemite. It’s pronounced Loss Baanos.

I never made the connection, probably because of the pronunciation and the city omits the tilde over the n, but it struck me funny when I realized it’s from one of the few Spanish phrases I know.

¿Donde es el baño? (Where is the toilet?)

Baño actually means bath. But call me wierd, I got tickled when I realized that it could mean “The Toilets”.