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Are there any words that have opposite regional meanings?

Following in the footsteps of EL&U, are there any words that have opposite meanings in different Spanish-speaking regions? We are looking for words that are the same, but have different meanings ...
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Datos sobre el idioma español. Cantidad de palabras

En algun lugar leí que el diccionario de la academia española tiene alrededor de 95.000 entradas (palabras), y que una persona con una educación mediana maneja aproximadamente de 5.000 a 7.000 ...
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¿Cómo debería llamar a un “waiter”?

Español es mi tercer idioma (lo he estudiado durante cuatro años), y voy a España este verano. No sé cómo llamar la atención de un camarero. Por ejemplo, la gente piensa que puede llamar a un ...
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Where is “línea” used in addition to “cola”

Someone in Spain corrected me recently when I used the word línea instead of cola. But today I heard a Spanish speaker doing the same thing, using línea to mean line of people. Is this a Latin ...
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¿Qué significa “alta noche”?

Hoy he visto esta palabra en el libro de Borges, pero no estoy seguro qué significa. Alta noche ¿es noche con luna llena o es medianoche o es una noche en la que no se puede ver nada?
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¿Cuál es la diferencia entre «champiñón» y «seta»?

Según RAE, seta es: Cualquier especie de hongo, comestible o no, con forma de sombrilla, sostenida por un pedicelo. y champiñón es: Nombre común a varias especies de hongos agaricáceos, ...
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Como decir “lavado de dinero” de mejor manera o mas formal?

La realidad es que la frase "lavar dinero" es un poco común pero también un poco vulgar. Me gustaría saber como se puede referir a este tema de una manera mas formal.
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Learn basic vocabulary

I am learning Spanish (Castellano) and want to expand my vocabulary. There are many vocabulary trainers out there. But some do not come with predefined words and others contain them all. I want to ...
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Bonita, linda, hermosa, bella, and guapa: what's the difference?

I've seen all of these used to mean 'pretty', although 'hermosa' seems to mean beautiful and 'guapa' seems to mean handsome. Are there any subtle differences them? For instance, in English being ...
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¿Cuál es el gentilicio de las personas de Alaska?

¿Cuál es el gentilicio correcto para hacer referencia a las personas que viven en Alaska?
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How to properly label someone as “Spanish Speaking”?

I'm updating a list of employees for a client and came across one labeled as "Spanish Speaking." I'd like to replace that with the appropriate word or words in Spanish. The three options I've found ...
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“De ala fija” meaning

¡Hola! En un artículo sobre las curiosidades de aeropuertos encontré una frase que no puedo entender. Incluso el traductor de Google no da respuesta comprensible. Este aeropuerto solamente es ...
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Is there a difference between “español” and “castellano”?

English I always thought the two could be used interchangeably (meaning "the Spanish language"). But I recently got into an argument with someone where they insisted there was a difference (although ...
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Using Second Person Plural When Referring to a Business

If I was in a store and wanted to know if they had apples would I say to the clerk, 'tiene manzanas' or 'tienen manzanas'? I suspect the former although I'm not asking if he personnally has apples but ...
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“Vegetable”: verdura vs. vegetal

What is the difference between verduras and vegetales? In what situations can one be used as a translation for "vegetables" and the other cannot?
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What does ¡palabra! mean as an interjection?

In Huevos Verdes Con Jamón, there is a line that reads Juan Ramón - "¿Podrías comerlos con una cabra?" Unnamed Protagonist - "No podría, ¡Palabra! comerlos con una cabra." I understand that ...
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How might you say a child is “cute” in Spanish?

Suppose you see a mother with a laughing little 2-year-old. In English, we might exclaim, "how cute!" I've had trouble saying this in Spanish. The word "cute" means something like "beautiful", but it ...
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Determining gender of words ending in “e”

When learning Spanish, there are basic rules taught about word gender: words ending in o are usually masculine, words ending in a are usually feminine. What about words ending in e? Are there any ...
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Plátano and banana, geographical differences?

I don't really speak Spanish, but I do know a few words and phrases here and there, and enjoy furthering what little knowledge I have. So, today I saw, in a Swedish newspaper, a reference to plantains ...
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Why don't Spanish words start with “sp”?

I've noticed that there aren't any words in Spanish that start with sp. Latin words are altered to include an e in front of the sp. Even loan words are often modified to esp...: spaghetti => ...
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When would I use “¿Qué te gustan?”

I recently came across the following in my Spanish notes. ¿Qué te gusta(n)? What do you like? I understand the usage of ¿Qué te gusta?, but when would I use ¿Qué te gustan? A plural form of ...
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San Diego es en California, or San Diego está en California?

This came up in my Spanish I class. My understanding is that ser is used for descriptions of permanent characteristics, while estar is used for temporary conditions. For people, location is the ...
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¿Cúal de los siguientes términos para la nevera es el más común?

Mi diccionario de español da los siguientes términos como sinónimos. la nevera el refrigerador el frigorífico ¿Cuál de estos términos es el más común en España?
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Most accurate translation of “possum”

What is the most universal Spanish word to describe a possum? What regional variations exist? Does the translation refer specifically to the same animal as the English word, or does it cover a larger ...
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What is “El Capitan” meaning in English? And how this word developed along the history?

Apple choose "El Capitan" as OS X 10.11 name, it's a spanish word, what does it mean? And something about its etymology might help too.
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Extensión y origen de “orto”

Últimamente he visto cada vez más extendido en Colombia el término orto para referirse a las partes traseras de una persona. Originalmente lo escuchaba sólo de argentinos. Siempre asumí que venía de ...
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Confused over “vacilar”

While browsing a few Spanish language forums today, I came across this: Un amigo y yo estábamos comentando sobre una foto de nosotros en facebook - de hace tiempo... Otro amigo pensaba que ...
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An interesting correction by a native Spanish speaker

Yesterday I was eating in a Spanish restaurant. I had finished drinking my glass of water and I wanted to get more so I said, "Ya tomé mi agua" to the waiter. He corrected me by saying "Ya posó mi ...
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Translating “each other's” in Spanish

I know there are several approximate ways to convey the sense of "each other" in Spanish, some of them being entre ellos, uno al otro, and even mutuamente. However, I am struggling to turn this ...
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Is “tobogán” an acceptable word for “slide” throughout the Spanish speaking world?

English I'm trying to learn words to talk to my baby at the playground in Spanish. WordReference.com gives the following as part of its definition for "slide." slide 2 sustantivo 1. (in ...
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Uso de “heme aquí”

Lo he visto en alguna ocasión en literatura o alguna interpretación de español antiguo, pero no es muy común, supongo que de alguna forma su uso está obsoleto. Ahora las dudas: ¿Cual verbo es el ...
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«Faz» y «haz» para decir «cara»

Para referirse a la cara o superficie de algo, hay dos términos sinónimos que se puede usar: faz y haz. En realidad, trátase de un vocablo con dos variantes, una que ha sufrido más cambios fonéticos ...
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Is “colegiala” a type of flower?

A native speaker in Colombia showed me a flower and told me it was called a colegiala, but the only translation I can find is schoolgirl or female college student. Also, I haven't been able to find ...
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Diferencias en palabras de género entre humanos y animales

En inglés tenemos ciertas palabras que se usa más a referirse al género de los humanos: man/woman boy/girl Y no usamos esas palabras para referirse a animales. Para animales usaríamos más male y ...
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Correct terminology for male/female animals

How do I speak about my pet rats in Spanish? Firstly, do I understand correctly that "rata" means "rat" and "ratón" means "mouse"? I also realize that "rato" means "a short while," so does that mean ...
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“Pasto” vs. “césped” vs. “prado”

¿Cuál es la diferencia entre "pasto", "césped" y "prado"? ¿Cuál palabra se usa para hablar acerca de las partes verdes en una ciudad?
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Single-Syllable Words, a Comprehensive List [closed]

I am learning Spanish as a fluent American English speaker. I thought it would help to memorize all single-syllable Spanish words so I can build a quick foundation and help to catch those words when ...
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Validez del término “Inmessionante”

Background: El año pasado leí una noticia sobre la inclusión de una palabra al diccionario Santillana. Se trata del término "Inmessionante", el cual fue creado en un intento de definir la manera de ...
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Translation of idiomatic “so” expressions in Spanish

How would one translate the "so" in the following expressions: I am so loving it. You are so screwed. This is so not good. I know "so" translates as tan but will this literal ...
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¿Cuál es la palabra para algo de que no se sabe como decir?

En inglés para referirse a algo que no tiene nombre o que no se sabe como decirlo, tenemos varias palabras: thing --> What is that thing on the wall? thingy --> How does this thingy work? ...
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Spanish equivalent of “anglicanizar”

How do you say in Spanish "to make a foreign word sound Spanish". The equivalent of "to anglicize" but for Spanish.
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¿Qué propósito tiene el acento en una pregunta? (dónde, qué, cuándo, etc.)

He aprendido palabras como donde, cuando, que y como que se escribe sin acento en algunos casos. Pero se escribe esas palabras (y otras más) con acento cuando están usadas en una pregunta y algunos ...
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traducir “facility” (eufemismo para “cárcel”)

Necesito un eufemismo para cárcel. En inglés se usa facility. Creo que se prefiere usar un eufemismo para no ofender.
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How to say “today we will work wherever we want to, with our tasks” in Spanish?

How to say the following question in Spanish? Today we will work wherever we want to, with our tasks I think it can be something like this: Trabajamos donde queramos con nuestras tareas Is ...
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Significado de “tener una paja para la vida”

En una página de Facebook, La gente anda diciendo, se divulgan frases divertidas o interesantes que se escuchan por la calle. Una de esas frases me capturó la atención: "Son dos polos opuestos. ...
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After much struggle

The sentence I am trying to translate is: The young man found work after much (a lot of) struggle. Is one of these the most appropriate way (somehow it doesn’t seem so to me, that’s why I ask)? ...
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Usage of “a” with debido

The sentence I was trying to translate is: We had to cut short our vacation due to the storm. A Spanish learning site gave the translation as: Tuvimos que acortar las vacaciones debido a la ...
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Two verbs in a single sentence

We must turn off the faucet and save water. For the above construction, which of the below is more appropriate? Debemos cerrar el grifo y ahorrar el agua. Debemos cerrar el grifo y ahorramos el ...
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¿Hay frases en español que usen todas las letras de una vez?

Hay frases en español que tengan todas las letras del alfabeto a la vez. En inglés el término es pangram y el ejemplo es The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dogs Esta frase tiene todas las ...
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How do you describe the directional parts of an object?

I'm working with a Mexican contractor to remodel my house, so it is quite common that I need to describe the sides of objects. I would like to speak with informal street-style Mexican with him because ...