How would you say splits in general in Spanish? (See picture below)

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I looked it up on word reference and found spagat. Is that correct?

  • es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Split_(ejercicio_f%C3%ADsico)
    – rsanchez
    Commented Oct 11, 2016 at 21:52
  • I recently saw Kung Fu Panda and I'd swear the characters said "apertura lateral" to refer to that position. Though it is maybe called that way only in martial arts contexts, and not in general.
    – Charlie
    Commented Oct 11, 2016 at 22:41

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Spagat is the technical name in dance argot, coming from the term in German. It is more commonly referred as "split"; which can be translated as 'estar abierto/a de piernas' - that is "to be with both legs open".

  • I think this is the correct answer. There really is no a single word to define that, but to use the same word "split", which is an anglicism. I have heard tons of dancers and ladies say they are practicing "splits" - just like that.
    – Valdez V.
    Commented Oct 11, 2016 at 22:50
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    Spagat is German, not French
    – rsanchez
    Commented Oct 12, 2016 at 12:30

Desgonzar is the correct term.

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    Can you expand on this so that we can see why you think this? Perhaps give some examples from online resources?
    – mdewey
    Commented Jul 16, 2017 at 10:31
  • @mdewey I agree that as written, this is not much of an answer. It turns out that there are two verbs, desgonzar and desgoznar, which differ only in having two letters transposed as if by metátesis. They respectively derive from gonce and gozne, in which this transposition first occurred. Note that this is all about “hinges” (goznes) rather than about something more “scissors” (tijeras). Whether this is more appropriate than split in Spanish is a lengthier matter to investigate.
    – tchrist
    Commented Jul 16, 2017 at 15:00
  • Desgonzar: Desencajar, desquiciar, Caer sin fuerzas por debilitamiento o cansancio físico does not seem to be the correct answer. You should explain why you think something is the correct answer when you post, including explanations, references, linkes, examples of how to ue it, etc. See How to Answer. This is not only an incorrect answer, but a low quality one, since you are not explaining anything. Could you please improve your answer?
    – Diego
    Commented Jul 16, 2017 at 15:16

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