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Burro de Arranque

» by April 20th, 2011 at 8:17 pm » Comments (0)

A previous entry at DSWU I talked about a marcha as being the word they use in Mexico as the starter motor for a car. In Argentina the same English word is represented by burro de arranque. However, I have also heard people just call it burro. Seems that the lowly donkey has many uses […]


» by April 20th, 2011 at 8:05 pm » Comments (0)

At a friend’s bicycle shop one night he gave me a calcomanía with his name on it. The only way I had heard this term used was to indicate branding of an item by placing a sticker with the seller’s product name on it. However, the word calcomanía can be used for any kind of […]


» by March 26th, 2011 at 5:23 pm » Comments (0)

Capot is the word used in Argentina for the hood of a car (bonnet). At least, that is what one friend told me. Reading around on the web it appears that in Uruguay this word means the trunk of the car (boot). I have also seen that capó can be used for hood (bonnet). In […]


» by March 18th, 2011 at 1:47 pm » Comments (0)

When looking for an estimate or value of something you may see it called a cotización. It can be used to mean a quote or price of an item. I have heard it used to talk about the amount of value one item has in the currency of another. For example: The value of the […]


» by February 15th, 2011 at 3:14 pm » Comments (0)

A physical or emotional shock is called conmoción. This is also the word commotion or concussion in English. To be specific, if you are talking about a concussion of the head, this is called a conmoción cerebral. A direct translation of the Spanish word into Engish is con meaning with and moción meaning motion. With […]


» by February 10th, 2011 at 6:31 am » Comments (0)

While ropa is the common term for clothes or clothing, the word indumentaria is more of a formal term. It is often used when talking about apparel or garments for a specific activity. Not necessarily a uniform, but often uniforms are considered indumentaria. An example: indumentaria para bomberos would be the special apparel that firemen use […]


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

Oca is a female goose. I met a man the other day whose last name was Montes de Oca. Not knowing what an oca was he tried to explain it to me. In the end a good dictionary came to the rescue. There are times when learning through experience and trying to figure out a […]