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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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¿En qué países la palabra "coger" tiene connotaciones sexuales?

De acuerdo a Wikipedia, salen 25 países de habla hispana. Con lo que cada uno aporte, podemos actualizar esta lista, porque no sé si va a ser posible que una sola persona aporte una lista completa. ...
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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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Many meanings of "llamas"

As to why, quite simple: three different etymological origins have resulted in the same word: The verb llamar comes from latin clamare The animal llama comes directly from a quechua word The flame ...
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Difference between -iera and -iese ending of the imperfect subjunctive

In English The -se forms descend from the Latin pluperfect subjunctive. It is more common in some regions (like Spain), and has a higher frequency in writing than in speech. The -ra forms descend ...
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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 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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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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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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What does the Spanish word "you" mean in English?

It's supposed to be ya. Just a transcription error.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can anybody recognize and translate the phrase "El Rafael Pombo de Felipe Santiago Gutiérrez lo hice en hora y media … Clavdia [or Claudia]”?

The picture says: "El Rafael Pombo de Felipe Santiago Gutierrez lo hice en hora y media según Claudia". I'd translate as: "I did the Rafael Pombo by Felipe Santiago Gutiérrez in an hour and a half ...
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In "fieri del efecto", what does "fieri" mean?

In fieri: Locución latina que se emplea para designar aquello que está por hacer. Procede del verbo fio que significa convertirse. Esta locución se emplea para expresar que algo está en proceso, ...

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