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» by April 20th, 2011 at 8:26 pm » Comments (3)

I don’t know how such a useful word has alluded me for all these years. The word obstante did not come onto my vocabulary radar until recently (after having been a Spanish speaker for 7 years). However, the word obstante is a very useful one. As a conjunction it can be expressed with the basic English […]


» by January 21st, 2011 at 6:22 am » Comments (0)

I have an Argentine friend who often repeats himself (he is 86 years old) and says that he is chinchudo. It took me a while to figure out the meaning of this word. It is grumpy or easily annoyed. Sometimes he uses it with the idea of having a short temper. This is definitely an […]


» by January 4th, 2011 at 7:11 am » Comments (0)

Maña is a word with many definitions, but in the context I heard it in it meant bad habits. In that context it could also be quirky, cranky, odd or eccentric. When used this way it is usually referring to an older person who is set in his ways. The positive meaning of maña is […]


» by December 8th, 2010 at 1:13 pm » Comments (1)

While walking in a park recently I saw a sign that said, “Zona de desmoronamientos.” I did not think it meant that they don’t want morons around, so I tried to figure it out from the surrounding area. I gathered it meant something like landslide or broken road. That is what I deduced from what […]


» by November 13th, 2010 at 5:20 am » Comments (1)

A show-off is a fanfarrón. This is a boastful person, or a braggart. It can also be used to describe a loud mouthed or arrogant person. The feminine form is fanfarrona (without the accent). The verb form of the word is fanfarronear and means to boast, brag or show off.


» by November 5th, 2010 at 6:10 am » Comments (0)

I heard my friend use the word macanudo for the first time the other day. From what I discovered since then is that I have probably heard this word many times, but never realized it. Now I hear it everywhere. Macanudo is definitely a colloquial term that is not used everywhere in the same way. Macanudo is […]


» by November 1st, 2010 at 8:39 am » Comments (0)

Patente, as an adjective, is patent with the idea of being clear, obvious or evident. As an adverb it means clearly, or obviously. As a feminine noun (and the reason I found this word interesting) it is a patent in the sense that we English speakers think about the word when applied to a registered […]