Questions tagged [polisemia]

Preguntas relacionadas a la coexistencia de muchos significados posibles para una palabra o frase. No confunda con homónimos. // The coexistence of many possible meanings for a word or phrase. Do not confuse with homonyms.

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Distinguish between “to quote” and “to cite” in Spanish

I just came across this question at French.SE and realized that Spanish has a similar "problem": we use the verb citar both for quoting someone and for citing some work. The answer to the linked ...
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Origen de “braga” como prenda para el cuello [NSFW]

En español, por "braga" se pueden entender principalmente dos cosas: "Braga" (normalmente "bragas", en plural) como ropa interior femenina: [imagen oculta, pasa el cursor por encima si necesitas una ...
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Are there Spanish equivalents for “turtle” and “tortoise”?

In (British) English, marine "turtles" are distinguished from terrestrial "tortoises".1 2 In Spanish, both of these groups of reptiles come under the blanket term tortuga. Are there any analogous ...
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Why is a “jack” called a “gato”?

Español ¿Por qué se llama "gato" a un "jack"? Esto es, el gato hidráulico o mecánico que se usa para levantar grandes pesos. Para mí, un "jack" no se parece para nada al animal "gato". English Why ...
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What are the more complex meanings of “de”?

So, I already know basic forms of this word (of, from, etc.), but I keep seeing it used in places that I don't understand. For example, I sometimes see "antes de que", or just "de que". Why does "de" ...
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Is a “wrist” a “toy” (muñeca)?

Both wrist and toy are "muñeca" in Spanish. Is there a connection, or just a coincidence that they are both the same?
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How do you distinguish between “remember” and “remind”?

I used Google to translate "remember" and "remind". Both came out to be recordar. Why is there no distinction made? You can only remember something by yourself, but you have to remind someone else of ...