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A una persona con pocos conocimientos se le dice coloquialmente "burro". Un "mataburros" es literalmente algo que elimina a los burros y de ahí que (en Argentina, por ejemplo) al diccionario se le diga "mataburros" pues ayuda a suprimir burros, es decir, personas sin conocimientos. Un caso similar sucede con "tumbaburros" que es otra de las maneras ...


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According to the RAE's dictionary, "mataburros" means dictionary only in Argentina, Costa Rica, Cuba, Honduras, Uruguay and Venezuela; "tumbaburros", as you said, only in Mexico. Since "burro" is also used to refer to ignorant/rude/uncivil people, the "mataburro" becomes an object that "kills" those kind of people.


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Yes. I'm listing a few examples from this link (Palabras compuestas): Noun + noun = noun: mapamundi Noun + adjective = noun & adjective: pelirrojo Adjective + noun = noun: mediodía Verb + verb = noun: tejemaneje Edit: This Wikipedia article also has more examples. Edit 2: I've found another composition: Verb + pronoun + verb = noun: ...


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I have always loved this one, since I first read it in Mafalda as a child: correveidile. It's a whole sentence in one word.


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See hippietrail, the thing is that "burro" is used as a synonym to a person without education. That's why mataburro means mata ignorantes wich means (kill ignorance). "Mataburro" actually is also used as bumper guard (Colombia AFAIK).


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Some used in Colombia: Cogeculos: Some situations become a cogeculos when they get out of control. For example: Se armó un cogeculos tremendo. Chiflamicas: A really bad musician. I believe it's the composition of chiflar/silvar (whistle) and micas (mico, perhaps?) Couldn't find anything on Google that would explain how the word came into existence but ...


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The explanation I received in Cuba is that when a turista is not fluent in Spanish and constantly uses their English/Spanish dictionary, it so boring to them that it would be enough to kill a donkey. Just my two cents.



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