Mighty Red Pen

January 15, 2009

Hips don’t lie: Meringue vs. merengue

Filed under: Spellbound,Uncategorized,Word wars — mighty red pen @ 8:25 pm
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MRP was disappointed to see this particular typo in the December/January 2009 issue of Hispanic magazine in an article called “A Family Affair” about actor Freddy Rodriguez.


Okay, here’s the deal. Meringue is a tasty confection made from sugar and egg whites that you might eat on its own as, say, a cookie, or you might enjoy as a delicious topping for, say, lemon meringue pie. On the other hand, if you find yourself shaking your booty to a lively Latin rhythm, then you might be dancing merengue.



  1. You might want to change “you might eat on it’s own” to “you might eat on its own”.

    Comment by likedoomsday — January 15, 2009 @ 8:33 pm | Reply

  2. Thanks, got it, Quick Draw McGraw. I was just fixing it as you were leaving your comment. Spooky.

    Comment by mighty red pen — January 15, 2009 @ 8:40 pm | Reply

  3. Perhaps it’s a deliberate one, meaning you need to dance the merengue to work off the meringue? 😉

    Comment by Danny Brown — January 15, 2009 @ 11:31 pm | Reply

  4. All Latin dances are named for foods. You salsa while eating chips and salsa and you merengue while eating a nice lemon meringue pie.

    Those clever Latin folks have combined two of the world’s best activities into one tasty, if somewhat messy, avocation.

    Comment by David — January 16, 2009 @ 12:14 pm | Reply

  5. What a shame. I’ve had a little crush on Freddy Rodriguez ever since I saw him in “Six Feet Under.” Too bad his article was marred by such a silly typo.

    Comment by Editrix — January 16, 2009 @ 12:25 pm | Reply

  6. When I saw “Hips don’t lie” I thought you perhaps posted a picture of Beyonce at the Golden Globes.

    Comment by Molie — January 16, 2009 @ 12:50 pm | Reply

  7. Reposting from National Geographic: Haitian meringue has a sweeter, more nostalgic melody than the merengue of the Dominican Republic although some rhythmical patterns are common to both genres.

    So it’s technically not incorrect.

    Comment by Brian Madden — February 21, 2012 @ 9:57 pm | Reply

  8. Meringue is a dance from Haiti. So it’s not a typo at all.

    Comment by akoutellosuag — May 13, 2013 @ 9:39 am | Reply

  9. It is not a typo Meringue is indeed the correct spelling…Meringue is the national music of the republic of Haiti since 1808 and it is the father of the Dominican merengue which was introduced to the Dominican republic by Haitian soldiers during the occupation of Spanish-Haiti which is today the Dominican republic. Merengue is a corruption of Meringue.

    Comment by Dario E. Francis — August 31, 2013 @ 2:29 pm | Reply

  10. but merengue is also a tasty confection made with egg whites, and that’s exactly what the music and dance are named after

    Comment by Demetria — November 24, 2014 @ 9:54 pm | Reply

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