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I thought clavado had something to do with nails–clavos–which it does. To hammer or drive in a nail is clavar. It can also mean to be stuck to something like having been nailed.

But what got me to thinking about clavado is when I saw it used at a swimming pool. The word clavado is used for the sport of diving. The idea is that you enter the water straight and fast like a nail going into a board.

It seems there are many figurative uses for the word clavar/clavado as well.

  • 1

    […] as we have seen before, clavado is the noun for the sport of diving into a […]

    Nadar on May 31st, 2008
  • 2

    […] opposed to diving into a swimming pool, clavar, bucear is scuba diving. It is not just scuba diving, but any swimming under water. When you dive […]

    Bucear on June 5th, 2008


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