When visiting California beaches, we hear a thousand voices calling our beloved sands a variety of words in different languages. California is an international melting pot (one middle school alone in Long Beach is made up of students who speak over 50 languages.)
Shakespeare in his famous line from Romeo & Juliet that some believe could have been a joke referring to a competing theater company that he wished to mock, expressed a sentiment that holds true for the beach.
What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call’d,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title.
Names for the beach you might hear on California’s shores include:
beach - English
Strand - German
pláž - Czech
plage - French
spiaggia - Italian
praia - Portuguese
playa - Spanish
rand - Estonian
What’s in a name? That which we call a beach by any other word would still smell as sweet!