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Jauja



     The history of place names is interesting and important. I remember that in the Residencia de Estudiantes in Madrid in 1935, the director angrily told a crowd of uproarious students "ˇVds. creen que están en Jauja!": "You think you're having a fine time!" Later in Peru I several times visited the Jauja Valley, a pleasant and sunny place to get away from fog-bound Lima. I assumed that the expression came from this Jauja and had somehow had found its way to Spain.
     However, Spain is now in the midst of its electoral campaign, and one politician today made a speech in Jauja in the province of Córdoba. I know Spain well, but I had never heard of it, and it does not appear in my atlas of Spain.
     Does anyone know Jauja, Spain, and does the expression come from there?

Ronald Hilton - 2/25/00


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