October 24, 2008

New Spanglish on Isla Mujeres

On my way out of town, I had a lot of errands to run and stopping at the Centro de Salud, health clinic, to check on the arrival of flu vaccine, I had a chance to take a picture I've been meaning to get for a while. The Spanish word for parking is estacionamento. Words we think of as S words in Spanish are often ES works, as in Estan.
So, this person, who heard the word parking got confused with estacionamento, and bam, we have a new word, the meaning of which is pretty clear, but the sight of which is amusing. Translating back into Spanish, it means no chispa! No spark. Without the "g" of course. Clear on that?
On my way back, the cabbie I had sang the ABC song for me. And he said he knows all about sparking!

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