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Estafar

» by April 21st, 2010 at 6:38 pm » Comments (0)

Resulta que un día un hombre decide ir a comprar una estufa. Llega al comercio y le pregunta al encargado: “Disculpe, ¿cuánto cuesta esa estufa?” “Esa estufa cuesta 1500 dólares.” “¡1500 dólares!, pero, eso es una estafa!” “No, no, es una estufa.” It happened that one day a man decided to buy a new stove. […]



Jardinero

» by May 27th, 2008 at 9:40 pm » Comments (0)

A jardinero is someone who takes care of the jardín, or garden. While the word gardener is not all that exciting, I do find the word, as used in baseball, to be hilarious. A right fielder is called the jardinero derecho, the right gardener.



Ataúd

» by May 23rd, 2008 at 9:57 pm » Comments (0)

Ataúd means coffin or casket. Fortunately I did not have to learn ataúd for any serious reason, but an ataúd played heavily in a joke I read today. I also saw a couple of other phrases that mean a casket. But, I think they would probably be less formal. Pijama de madera and el sobretodo […]



Tumbaburros

» by May 7th, 2008 at 10:11 pm » Comments (2)

Technically a tumbaburros is a large bumper that would be used to knock donkeys out of the way when driving. Sometimes called a cattle guard bumper for protecting your grill if you happen to hit a large animal. But that is not what is being referred to when a Mexican talks about a tumbaburros. They […]



Problema

» by February 5th, 2008 at 10:13 pm » Comments (0)

Problema is just what it looks like, problem. The problem with problema comes in trying to remember if its la problema or el problema. In language school they taught us a little rhyme to help, perhaps you will enjoy it. El problema es masculino. La solución es feminina. The problem is masculine. The solution is […]



Hocico

» by November 11th, 2007 at 11:25 pm » Comments (0)

I read the word hocico yesterday and had no idea what it meant, but it just looked funny. I pulled out the dictionary with a smile on my face and was not disappointed. It is the word snout, as in a pig’s nose. It can also be used idiomatically to mean stick one’s nose into […]



Lagaña

» by October 26th, 2007 at 10:12 pm » Comments (0)

Today I was reminded of the word lagaña as we stood in the eye doctor’s office. It was the first funny Spanish word I remember learning as a teen. We were making a trip across the border into Mexico and we taught a friend to say “soy lagaña” and told him it meant “I’m handsome.” […]



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