Majorca or Mallorca?

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Remember the Heineken TV advert from the mid-80s that made famous the saying..."The water in Majorca don't taste like what it oughta"?

If you haven't seen it or can't remember it, check it out below.

It's primarily the British, their historic commonwealth territories, plus the Irish who utilise the word 'Majorca'. To everyone else, it is called Mallorca.

'Mallorca' stems from the Latin for 'bigger island', 'insula maior'. This is in reference to its tinier neighbour Menorca, 'insula minor'. As you see, no 'j' is mentioned. This is because the letter 'j' really did not exist in Latin terminology till about the 13th century, when it was actually introduced, so as to take the place of 'i' whenever used as a consonant (as in 'maior').

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The English language is built upon a number of languages, one of which is certainly Latin. It incorporated the use of 'j' over the Mediterranean countries. Thus, 'maior' came to be 'major' and consequently Majorca was born.

Since Mallorca continued to belong to what came to be Spain in the years subsequent to the Catalan invasion, the Catalan variation 'Mallorca' stayed as the term used by the remainder of the globe.

An alternative reason for the difference is the double 'l' in Mallorca is pronounced 'y' in the Spanish dialect so, Mallorca is pronounced 'Ma-yor-ka' and can easily be interpreted as Majorca.

Whichever way you want to spell it, it will not detract you from the amazing golden sand beaches and magnificent sunshine of this exquisite Spanish island. Suitable for families and party-goers alike, it truly is a great place to visit.

Why not book your next family holiday to this magical destination, you won't be disappointed.

For all those stags and hens out there who are looking for the perfect party getaway, look no further than Mallorca. Magaluf has everything you will need for a great stag or hen weekender bender.

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