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When does a "pez" become a "pescado"?

I think that "pescado" is the participle form of the verb "pescar", which means "to fish", so I guess that once you fish a fish it turns from "pez" to pescado". Pescar: Sacar o tratar de sacar del ...
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Why does Agustín say "miércoles" in the Encanto movie? What does it mean?

In that context, miércoles is a minced oath. That is, a mild, inoffensive expression which replaces a stronger, more offensive one. In this case, the word to replace is mierda. It has the same effect ...
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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 "pa k kieres saber eso jaja saludos" mean?

Written with normal spelling, it reads as follows: ¿Para qué quieres saber eso? Jaja. Saludos. In other words: Whither dost thou want to know that? Ha. Farewell. Okay, that's a bit formal. ...
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Difference between 'mirar' and 'ver'

Just imagine that you were looking one of those "spot the 7 differences" pictures. You could say Miré las dos imágenes por mucho tiempo, pero no vi las diferencias I looked at both images for a ...
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Difference between "coche" and "carro"

In Spain we favor coche for a car, while a carro is more like a four wheeled cart (similar to the word carreta, which is a smaller, two wheeled cart), the one that would use horses or mules to pull it....
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Translating legal document - what is "fs. 9 de autos"?

In Spanish legal language, "fs." means "fojas" (folio). It is not the same as "page", because it includes both sides, front and reverse. Black's Law Dictionary gives this explanation and definition: ...
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Can the term "agua potable" not mean "drinkable water"?

In many parts of Mexico, water as it flows through the municipal water mains is often referred to by the government as "agua potable", but people do not generally take this to mean that the municipal ...
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Can the term "agua potable" not mean "drinkable water"?

I can't answer your question in terms of all South America, but it definitely seems to be regional. I'm from Dominican Republic and I've only ever heard of "agua potable" with the meaning that it's ...
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Can the term "agua potable" not mean "drinkable water"?

"Agua potable" is indeed drinkable water. Take into account that the second meaning that you see in the diccionary is a coloquialism. Potable adj. coloq. Pasable, aceptable. In contrast ...
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¿Qué tiene que ver "acérrimo" (aplicado a personas) con "acre"?

Acre es un cultismo importado del latín (acer, acris) en el siglo XVI. Acérrimo no deriva de acre, sino que también se importó como cultismo por la misma época, directamente del latín acerrimus, ...
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¿Existe un verbo para "hablar en voz alta"?

Para el caso concreto del teatro, la expresión que buscas es proyectar la voz. Este es el término que se usa tanto en teatro como en canto para hacer referencia a la técnica vocal que hay que ...
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Significado de "ah re"

En Argentina se usa por la gente joven (adolescentes) en el ambiente informal. El ah re se puede entender como la afirmación de que uno dijo una tontería. Se usa por ejemplo en: Ahora sale volando,...
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What is the usage of adding 'ao' to the ending of words?

The pronunciation of -ado as /áo/ or even /áu/ is very common throughout Cuba and the entire Spanish-speaking world. It happens to a lesser extent with other vowel-D-vowel combinations, mostly word-...
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Diferencias entre "Sánguche" y "Sandwich", y origen de la palabra

En el diccionario panhispánico de dudas se puede consultar lo siguiente en la entrada para "sándwich": [Sándwich] es la forma mayoritariamente usada por los hablantes cultos en todo el ámbito ...
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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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What is the difference between "mobiliario" and "mueble(s)"?

Mobiliario is a collective noun; it corresponds well with English "furniture". Mueble is a countable noun; it means "piece of furniture". Therefore you can say either Vamos a comprar muebles nuevos. ...
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El significado idiomático de la cal

Aquí no se habla de "cantar" en primera persona sino de un canto, que es un trozo de piedra y se refiere generalmente a la terminación de ésta: si es redonda o tallada. Cerrado a cal y canto es ...
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¿Qué significa "alta noche"?

Alta noche es un equivalente a Altas horas de la noche. En España usamos las expresiones: La fiesta duró hasta altas horas de la noche O también La fiesta duró hasta alta noche Para ...
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"suavecillo" or "suavecito"?

Contrary to what fedorqui states in his answer, you can rarely talk in binary terms (correct/incorrect) when addressing language use or, specially, dictionaries. Dictionaries' task is to exclusively ...
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What does "me gusta" mean in these sentences?

It refers to 'likes' in social networks, such as Facebook likes and so. In the Spanish version of Facebook, when you see the 'like it' button, it says 'me gusta', and that's the reason why 'me gusta' ...
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Is calling someone "tonto" offensive?

It actually depends on the context, and also depends on intonation a lot. However, I think most of the times we use it (in Spain) in an offensive way, it comes always with some emphasize that makes ...
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¿Existe la expresión "violencia feminista"?

La "violencia feminista" no existe porqué el feminismo no es lo contrario que el machismo. Feminismo: Doctrina y movimiento social que pide para la mujer el reconocimiento de unas capacidades y ...
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¿Qué significa "el mistolero"?

"Mistolero" means "Santiagueño" (from Santiago del Estero, Argentina). "Gato santiagueño" is a variant (as danced in Santiago) of the Gato, a traditional folkloric dance. ...
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What does "mae" mean? Is it only specific to Costa Rica?

As a Costa Rican myself, I can tell you that it actually isn't pronounced as "my", it's similar, but you are missing the last "e". Mae is used in all kinds of situations it can express anger: Mae, ...
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Origen y significado de «Aprovecha gaviota que no hay otra»

Es simplemente una rima. Se suele decir "no hay otra (oportunidad)" o "no te verás en otra (situación igual)". Y para que la frase quede graciosa y rime, llamas al interlocutor gaviota. Por cierto, ...
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Is "síguenos" a real Spanish word?

Síguenos is a standard Spanish word. The verb seguir means “to follow.” Sigue is the affirmative tú command (second-person singular informal imperative) of seguir. Nos is a direct object pronoun that ...
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Significado de "lapsus cálami"

Lapsus cálami es una locución latina que literalmente significa "error de pluma". Gramaticalmente, está formada con el nominativo de lapsus, -us (error) y el genitivo de calamus, -i (pluma). El ...
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