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When does "poco" mean "a lot" instead of "few"?

The expression: "Poca gente hoy, ¿sí?" to indicate that there are a lot of people is simply ironic. There are other similar expressions indicating a low amount or number when the meaning is ...
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¿Por qué se dice verde "botella"?

Actualmente hay botellas de cualquier color, sin embargo, hace unas décadas las botellas de vidrio eran mayoritariamente de color verde o transparentes (al menos en España). Verde botella se usa para ...
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¿De dónde viene la expresión "me cago en la puta"?

Las expresiones insultantes empiezan muchas veces por me cago en..., siendo típica la referencia a la madre (en la madre que te parió, en tu puta madre, en la puta de oros, en la puta de bastos, ...
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Are there any more informal ways of saying "thanks" than "gracias"?

I think that gracias is the most basic, standard way to say thank you in Spanish. If you want more options, you have to seek upwards: Muchas gracias (thanks a lot). Muchísimas gracias (thank you very ...
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What is roughly equivalent to aka?

At least in Argentina: alias, también conocido como, comúnmente nombrado and comúnmente conocido como are pretty similar. For example, "Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock" could be "Dwayne Johnson, alias ...
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Is “cabecera” commonly used in Spanish for "capital"?

I'm from Spain and that term is not commonly used here in the sense that you point. Capital is the preferred word to mark a city as the principal in a country, a province or a district, where the ...
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Why do "beer" and "cherry" have similar words in Spanish and Portuguese? What is the historical origin of this coincidence?

It's coincidence - both these words were similar in Latin (and hence maintained their similarity through to Spanish), but ultimately come from unrelated origins: cereza esp ← ceresia vulg lat ← ...
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Cuidarse in Spanish

You have understood the text perfectly and I can see why you find it a bit difficult. When in doubt, you should check the Diccionario de la Real Academia Española de la Lengua, the DRAE. There you'll ...
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Is there more concise way to say "tomorrow morning" than "mañana por la mañana"?

If abbreviating (to mañ.) is something unwanted, then instead of what you have Mañana por la mañana You'll gain 2 spaces with Mañana a la mañana Or even a 4 char gain, writing Mañana temprano ...
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Meaning of "todito"

38.2.2 Uses of the diminutive suffix -ito The main effects of this suffix are: (a) To give a friendly tone to a statement... (b) To modify the meaning of adjectives and adverbs by adding a warm tone, ...
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¿Quién usa la palabra "corvo" para referir a un machete?

En El Salvador (en todo el país) se le conoce como corvo a una especie de machete con curvatura en forma de media luna, a diferencia del machete tradicional, que no posee esta característica. El ...
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Are there other "feminine only" adjectives in Spanish besides "embarazada"?

It is perfectly grammatical to use embarazado to refer to female (sex) beings with words of masculine (grammatical) gender: ”Mi personaje ahora mismo no está embarazado así que debo vigilar de no ...
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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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Pensarlo vs. pienso?

Pienso is to think as you correctly said. Yo pienso = I think But Pensarlo is to think about it Déjame pensarlo = let me think about it Yo voy a pensarlo antes de tomar una decisión = I'll think ...
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"Se" and "le" with "usted", but always "te" with "tú"

First, let's make a brief clarification: usted, in Spanish, is always gramatically treated as a third person (the same as él, ella, ellos, ellas). Now, to your question. Indeed, te, se, and le are ...
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What’s the difference between “pelo” and “pierna”?

I note that Pelo is defined as hair. So in Spanish, is the idiom actually "You are pulling my hair?" but it's translated as leg to make more sense in English? This is exactly the case. Pelo means ...
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Armpit: sobaco vs. axila

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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"Plátano" and "banana", geographical differences?

Form left to right as we call them in Colombia: Plátano maduro: Can be eaten raw but is usually cooked to make tajadas. The tajadas are usually cut long and after fried they look dark red/orange and ...
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How to choose between "cantidad" and "importe" for an amount of money/ currency?

While "Cantidad" is referring to any quantity, not just money, "Importe" is the amount of money a thing is worth. So for your translation Importe is the more correct, being that you are talking about ...
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Are there any more informal ways of saying "thanks" than "gracias"?

In Chile we also say "te pasaste" to thank and congratulate. But beware, because in other countries it probably means the opposite ("you have exceeded negatively").
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De ladrar, ladrido; de maullar, maullido. ¿Y de piar?

Según el diccionario: piada f. Acción o modo de piar. A mí no me suena nada bonito decir "la piada de las aves", preferiría decir "el piar de las aves", pero el diccionario no acepta "...
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¿Qué es un vintén?

En el blog Diccionario Popular Uruguayo, hay una entrada para específica para el término "vintén": Moneda de cobre equivalente a dos céntimos de peso. Llamada así desde 1920, sucesivos cambios de ...
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Me puse [adj] vs Me puso [adj]

The difference is the subject of the sentence. Check that different endings correspond to different subjects. If you conjugate the verb poner in past simple, you have yo puse tú pusiste él/ella/...
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How does "sí existe" mean "does exist"?

Sí is the affirmative adverb, just as no is the negative adverb. So where we can say algo *no existe* to deny that it exists, we can also say algo *sí existe* to confirm, somewhat emphatically, that ...
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¿Palta o aguacate?

¿Por qué tendría que haber un nombre más "correcto" que otro? El DLE indica que "aguacate" viene del náhuatl "ahuacatl" (y que este también significaba "testículo"). También según el DLE, "palta" es "...
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Meaning of "todito"

Argentinean here. We use "todito" with the same meaning as "todo" but in a friendlier tone. Sometimes we say "todo todito" to refer to absolute everything.
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How do you say "sharp objects" in Spanish?

The word you heard is cortopunzante and is used in some South American countries. There is also the word punzocortante, which is mostly used in Central American countries and Mexico, as reflected by ...
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How to say 'can' in Spanish? What is the difference between "lata" and "bote"?

Relevant RAE definitions are: Lata: Envase hecho de hojalata (can made of tin) Bote: Recipiente pequeño, comúnmente cilíndrico, que sirve para guardar tanto líquidos como objetos. (small can, often ...
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Me voy a ver pájaros, ¿tiene un nombre esa actividad?

La primera palabra que me viene a la cabeza es pajarear, pero en plan broma. Eso sí, el DRAE recoge este término y la primera de sus acepciones podría ser útiles (aunque yo siempre que la escucho ...
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¿Por qué "hortera" es, en Madrid, el apodo del mancebo de ciertas tiendas de mercader?

Parece ser que el uso de hortera como platillo o cuenco es de hecho el primer uso. Escuelapedia explica parte del "envilecimiento o perversión del lenguaje" que ha sufrido la palabra hortera la ...
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