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What is the difference, if any, between "nunca" and "jamás"?

¡Nunca Jamás! It is easy to find nunca and jamás occurring in free variation within the same paragraph, even within the same sentence, with absolutely no difference in meaning intended. So while in ...
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¿Qué significa "tuanis"?

La palabra TUANI proviene del alfabeto creado por el General Malespín durante la intervención de Estados Unidos en Nicaragua en 1912, en ese entonces el General Benjamin Zeledón le encomendó al Gral. ...
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What does "bis" mean in an address?

bis Del lat. bis 'dos veces'. ... 4. adj. U. pospuesto a un número de una serie para indicar que este sigue inmediatamente a ese mismo número ya empleado. Puerta 5 bis. So, in this context it means ...
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What is the correct (most common) translation for 'damas'?

Damas means "ladies" or "dames". It's a bit old-fashioned. You'll find it in the stock phrase "damas y caballeros" ("ladies and gentlemen"), but this kind of thing is on its way out. You'll also see ...
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What are the origin, meaning and connotations of "gringo" in Spanish?

English with Original Quotes in Spanish (Answer with quotes translated below) The overwhelming evidence is that gringo originated in Spain in the 1700s or earlier from griego, ‘Greek’, in the sense ...
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The origin of "Vale" for OK

The term was originally used to say "Good bye", "greetings" or any other valediction (by the way, it's worth to note "valediction" comes from "vale" and "diction": to say good bye). This meaning dates ...
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¿Qué quiere decir "comer la oreja" a alguien?

El significado realmente no es "intentar seducir a alguien", sino "convencer a alguien de algo" (aunque se puede argumentar que eso también puede ser considerado seducir a alguien), hablándole con ...
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What is the difference between "cerebro" and "seso"?

The difference in meaning is strictly as you've found: cerebro is the organ and seso is the tissue it's made of. But then you have figurative meanings and things get complicated fast. Cerebro is ...
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¿Qué quiere decir “estar de rodríguez"?

La expresión estar de rodríguez es totalmente válida. En efecto, según el DRAE, esta locución tiene una única acepción. rodríguez (De Rodríguez, apellido) Hombre casado que se queda trabajando ...
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Meaning of "un jugo de latita o de latota"?

You do not mention where this happened, but in some places (Puerto Rico comes to mind) la tota is slang for a woman external sexual organs. So the bartender was indeed very rude.
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¿Es "castidad" lo opuesto a "lujuria"?

Para el cristianismo existen los llamados "siete pecados capitales" (lujuria, gula, avaricia, pereza, ira, envidia, soberbia), y a éstos les corresponden siete virtudes reconocidas por el catecismo. ...
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Age range of niño, chico, muchacho, joven, etc

This answer is primarily Spain based, particularly south Spain (Andalucía), although there are a few words included here that i don't usually hear in my surroundings. Diego mijelshon's answer is ...
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La llave vs. la clave

The "llave" in the context of a faucet may also be called "llave de paso" and is the one that lets the pipes feed the faucet or the whole house water stream: We also use "...
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What is the meaning of "tuteándome" in Spanish?

It is the gerund conjugation of verb "tutear", which is "tuteando", plus the personal pronoun "me". "Tutear" means to treat someone with the colloquial singular 2nd person "tú" particle, instead of ...
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¿Hay alguna diferencia entre tebeo, historieta y cómic?

En España, a la historieta se la ha llamado también tebeo. Dicho término, puramente local, tiene su origen en la revista TBO, y designa sobre todo a la publicación que contiene historietas, siendo ...
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En el DLE ¿hay más casos de acepciones tan localizadas regionalmente como la 5ª de "cuesco"?

Acá van algunas. Las minas (y hornos) de Almadén parecen ser bastante populares en el DRAE. Sospecho de algún académico almadenense. asnado 1. m. En las minas de Almadén, en España, cada madero de ...
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Word that sounds like "piso", means something like "offering"?

The word is indeed piso, this is its first occurrence in The Cartel: When Adán ruled the trade, it didn’t matter—he controlled the border crossings into El Paso, Laredo, and San Diego. But with him ...
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Does 'hacer alguien matar' mean to make somebody kill or to get sb killed?

It's a special meaning of hacer. DRAE: tr. Obligar a que se ejecute aquello que expresa un verbo en infinitivo o una cláusula introducida por que. Le hizo venir. Hizo que nos fuésemos. ...
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Does "que" mean "what" or "that" or both?

"Que" without an accent is always "that", that is to say, a conjunction or a relative pronoun: Dice que le gusta la pizza (He says that he likes pizza). (conjunction) La pizza ...
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Does "que" mean "what" or "that" or both?

The distinction between the accented and unaccented forms of qué, cuándo, cuál, cómo, etc. has everything to do with whether or not the word is used to reference something known (declarative) or ...
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Definition of 'escuela' and 'colegio'

I am adding this summary following what was discussed in Juntemos en respuestas wiki las respuestas cortas específicas de regiones / Let's use community wiki to summarize set of short region specific ...
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Meaning of "pero de corazón"

The expression de corazón can be interpreted differently, depending on which definition of corazón you use. Per the DRAE: corazón: […] 3. m. Ánimo, valor, temple. 4. m. Buena voluntad. […] 6. m. ...
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What is the meaning of "los sien"?

The phrase correctly written is Le deseo que llegue a los cien. I hope you reach a hundred. She is wishing he lives many more years and come to reach even a hundred years old. (I think this is a ...
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What does "tertulia" mean?

No, tertulia means "salon", "talk-show", "conversation"... Check the RAE translation: tertulia f. Reunión de personas que se juntan habitualmente para conversar o recrearse. [...] ...
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What is the difference between 'como' and 'cómo'?

It's actually a good bit more than two words, but it's easiest to think when to use the accent then when not to. como (no accent) can be used as a verb (from comer), noun (dated word meaning a trick),...
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Tener gracia (funny) vs. Tener gracia (graceful)

It seems that gracia comes from latin gratia and this one from gratus which means "agradable, agradecido" (pleasant, grateful). I don't think that those meanings are that opposed. We could find a ...
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Meaning of "Yo más guapa"

You are missing a comma there. The phrase should be: yo más, guapa. guapa means good looking and it's a common way to affectionately address a woman in Spain. So the conversation goes more or less ...
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What does "You are sympa" mean?

The reference you provided does not state that "sympa" is by any means a word in Spanish. That sympatico may be an English slang, probably originated from the Spanish simpático (Although it could very ...
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Does "Varones" only refer to men?

That is correct. varón refers exclusively to males when used to refer to humans.

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