Bill tomó un folleto de vitaminas y escribió en el dorso...

The meaning is pretty obvious: wrote on the back of...

What if Bill fancied to write his message on the front side of the leaflet? What word would be chosen?

  • FWIW, this word has the same origin as the "dorsal" fin on fish. It's on their "back" from an anatomical perspective. Mar 4, 2020 at 12:59
  • @RobertColumbia funny thing is that we also call dorsal to the number that runners wear in races, despite it being normally in the front
    – fedorqui
    Mar 4, 2020 at 13:02

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The correct word is 'anverso'. See the 2nd definition in the Dictionary of the Real Academia de la Lengua:

anverso Del fr. envers 'envés', y este del lat. inversus 'invertido'.
1. m. En las monedas y medallas, haz que se considera principal por llevar el busto de una persona o por otro motivo.
2. m. Impr. Cara en que va impresa la primera página de un pliego.


There are multiple antonyms for "dorso". I have found for instance:

  • anverso
  • haz
  • cara

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