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Retired. Once a programmer, then a DBA.


Apr
17
comment ¿Cuáles son las distinciones más importantes del castellano amazónico del Perú?
La amazonía era terreno mucho más difícil de explorar que la sierra o la costa. Y la población selvática era casi imposible de subyugar. Por eso la exploración de la selva casi no se realiza hasta el siglo veinte.
Apr
13
comment Proper way to express the time of a flight
"Despegar" is "to take off". "Salir", in this context, would refer to leaving the gate. The times listed in the schedules are generally gate departure times. Actual take off is generally about 20 minutes later, or more, depending on tarmac waiting times and the size of the airfield.
Apr
13
comment ¿Es válido decir “eso pasó ahorita”?
Sí, acabo de verlo en el Starbucks en Plaza. This expresses the recent past.
Mar
29
comment “okupar” and “ocupar”
"ocupar el asiento" could be taken to mean "usar". But the way you use a seat is to occupy it. I really don't think a separate dictionary entry is needed.
Mar
29
comment “okupar” and “ocupar”
Could you give an example of "ocupar" meaning "usar"?
Mar
29
comment “okupar” and “ocupar”
I looked up "ocupar" in RAE, but only got definitions for "ocupar(se)". I might be using RAE wrongly.
Mar
28
comment What is the longest word in Spanish?
The longest word that's part of my vocabulary is otorrinolaringólogo. (Ear, nose and throat specialist).
Mar
23
comment Equivalent phrase for the modern english 'Moot Point'?
Are you also looking for a Spanish phrase for the other meaning of "moot point"? That is, a point that doesn't make any difference.
Mar
20
comment Are there native-born Spanish speakers that can't trill their R's?
What do you mean, difficulty with "R" in english? I'll have you know that when I pahk my cah in Hahvahd Yahd, the people I meet all pronounce their "R"s in exactly the same way! ;)
Mar
10
comment Latinoamérica, Hispanoamérica, or Sudamérica?
The term "south of the border" is American slang for a region that could stretch from Tijuana to Tierra del Fuego. But most people use if to refer to Mexico, particularly the territory close to the border with the US.
Jan
18
comment Noun and adjective word order and meaning of “atomic power engineering sites” in Spanish
I don't think that "power" and "energía" refer to the same concept. Conceptually, power is energy per unit time.
Jan
18
comment Difference Between “Computadora” and “Ordenador”
Se me hace que "ordinateur" viene de la capabilitad de la máquina de llevar a cabo ordenes. De ser cierto esto, sería más conectado con programabilidad que "computer". Este último término se refiere más a la aritmética que la máquina realiza.
Dec
10
comment What is the ingredient “royal”?
There are plenty of recipes that were originally published by makers of flour, shortening, or baking powder. They would routinely put their own brand name into one of the ingredients. Sometimes, that stuck, even when the recipe was copied elsewhere.
Nov
24
comment Equivalente en idioma inglés de La Real Academia Española
Si haces la pregunta en EL&U, haz referencia también a la "Academie Francais". Puede ser más conocida que la RAE.
Nov
24
comment Equivalente en idioma inglés de La Real Academia Española
De Acuerdo. No hay.
Nov
20
comment “Po” for “pues” - anywhere else but Chile?
And, at least in Chile, "mal educado" doesn't mean poorly educated. It means impolite. ;)
Nov
9
comment ¿Qué palabra se usa para describir cuando un pago cubre hasta cierta fecha?
Cuando las casas de empeño usaban sistemas más primitivos, como papel, ¿qué término empleaban?
Oct
16
comment Is it important to place question and exclamation marks at the start of sentence?
The second reference cited by dusan here has an answer given by Joze and edited by dusan that provides the best explanation.
Oct
16
comment Is it important to place question and exclamation marks at the start of sentence?
You need some punctuation to mark the end of the sentence. Using the question mark or exclamation point completes the pair, and make them work like brackets.
Oct
16
comment Is it important to place question and exclamation marks at the start of sentence?
I don't think so. It's a convention, to be sure. But hardly a convention with no rationale. Notice where the upside down question is in your example. It's at precisely the point where the intonation has to indicate a question. Coincidence? I'm not convinced.