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#170497 - 10/09/07 09:26 PM Re: cross-threading correction, apology [Re: tsuwm]  
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That's very very true. Dislike them.Clowns.Scary.But the birds' 'mimicries' of the walk were so perfect.Very funny.

#170498 - 10/09/07 11:04 PM Re: cross-threading correction, apology [Re: BranShea]  
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Not 'stupid fellow' as Wikipedia sold me.

Might want to check out what the Real Academia has to say 'bout that. (Spanish bobo > Latin balbus 'stammering'.) A word can mean more than one thing ...


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#170506 - 10/10/07 12:45 PM Re: cross-threading correction, apology [Re: zmjezhd]  
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> A word can mean more than one thing ...

oh god, say it ain't so?


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#170515 - 10/10/07 02:46 PM Re: cross-threading correction, apology [Re: zmjezhd]  
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Yes, I see, complicated.There's a lot of bobo's around, only I have erased stupid fellow from my list and thanks for the spanish dictionary.The chain of favorites keeps growing.

Even we use the word bobos. Stands for the presidents and board people of mainly sports' organisations. Any branch of sport.

#170516 - 10/10/07 02:57 PM Re: cross-threading correction, apology [Re: BranShea]  
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I'm also not sure what kind of clown a "personaje cuya simpleza provocaba efectos cómicos" was in the primitive Spanish theater. Did they look like Emmett Kelly, Pierrot, or Harlequin?


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#170526 - 10/10/07 06:33 PM Re: cross-threading correction, apology [Re: zmjezhd]  
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"personaje cuya simpleza provocaba efectos cómicos" was in the primitive Spanish theater. Did they look like Emmett Kelly, Pierrot, or Harlequin?

Cuya among others a guinea pig?

Bobo, boba.
Seems like it's a small bird, a fried egg over easy,a fool,some other food.The Spanish road ends here for me.

asiento de los bobos,carrillos de monja boba, huevos bobos, manga boba, pájaro bobo, sayo bobo, sopa boba.

#170527 - 10/10/07 06:54 PM Re: cross-threading correction, apology [Re: BranShea]  
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Cuya among others a guinea pig?

I thought cuya meant whose. "A person whose simplicity caused comic situations".


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#170539 - 10/11/07 10:37 AM Re: cross-threading correction, apology [Re: zmjezhd]  
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cuya.
1. f. El Salv. y Méx. conejillo de Indias (‖ mamífero roedor).

This is what I get from that spanish dictionary as a first.

Here the images from spanish google:
Conejillo de Indias

Did you ever have a pair of guinea pigs? I had a pair and before I looked twice I had six. Pretty comic situation.

#170541 - 10/11/07 11:37 AM Re: cross-threading correction, apology [Re: BranShea]  
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And, not only do individual words have different and multiple meanings (i.e., polysemy), but sometimes two different words have the same pronunciation (i.e., homonymy). I was pointing out that cuya in the quotation above means 'whose', not 'guinea pig'.


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#170543 - 10/11/07 12:31 PM Re: homonyms [Re: zmjezhd]  
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more to the point, here: two different words with the same pronunciation or spelling (or both).

-joe (not jo) friday

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