Mark Sanford, married governor of South Carolina, went on a week long bachelor's retreat to Argentina last week.
Argentina comes from the Latin word argentum, meaning silver. The land was first called Tierra Argentina (Land of Silver). The chemical symbol for silver is Ag (argentum). The country is named after the Rio de la Plata (River of Silver in Spanish).
Plata is Medieval Latin for a flat piece of metal. In Spanish plato now means plate while plata means silver.