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Cutting the cod as a sign of power / Funny Spanish expressions related to fish

2 Sep 2014

WHAT DOES “TODO EL PESCADO VENDIDO” MEAN?

pescado-vendido-iberica-languagesIt means that a situation or a subject has a clear and definite quality that does not allow doubt or that cannot be changed. There is no point in waiting for some decision as it has already been made.

This expression comes from the times when the fishmongers went to sell in the shops until all the fish have been sold out meaning that at around 12 o´clock (at midday) they were Leer más »

SPANISH EXPRESSIONS WITH “GATO”

14 May 2014

WHAT DOES “HABER GATO ENCERRADO” MEAN?

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Expression used as a sign of distrust. It is used in situations when you suspect cheating or deception is attempted.

Some sources suggest that, originally, this saying meant “to have hidden or saved money ” because “gato” so “cat”  referred to the bag where coins were kept.

Examples:

  • Qué raro que Ana haya ganado el concurso, ¡aquí hay gato encerrado!

            It is weird that Anna won the contest, something’s fishy here! Leer más »

Funny Spanish expressions

22 Apr 2014

What does the Spanish expression “HACERSE EL SUECO” mean?

The expression ‘hacerse el sueco‘  translated literally would be  ‘To play Swedish’ meaning ‘to act dumb’ or ‘to pretend not to hear/ not to notice’.

According to the Real Academia Española (the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language), the origin of “sueco” lies in the Latin word soccus, meaning ‘trunk’, ‘log’. That is, if you ‘play the log’ (soccus = sueco), you’re pretending not to understand/not to hear something in order to avoid having to react (usually when that something is inconvenient).

On the other hand, the most logical explanation Leer más »

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