Dice aquí que la palabra "zafacón" viene de "safety can".

One of the most widespread misconceptions about Puerto Rican Spanish is that everything that sounds kind of weird in it comes from the English language. This is simply not true (not that if it were, there would be something wrong with it). And the case of the word 'zafacón' is a very interesting one. The 'safety can' "hypothesis" is extremely implausible for a set of reasons. First, the word is not exclusive of Puerto Ricans; 'zafacón' is also the term of choice in the Dominican Republic for a trash can. So it is very dubious that the word ORIGINATED in Puerto Rico. Furthermore, the etymology is question assumes that, before the U.S. made its presence felt there, Puerto Ricans and Dominicans were UNABLE to name or to refer to such a basic and daily object as a trash bin or trash can. Somehow, they are supposed to not have had a name for that kind of thing and then they ran...

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