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Re: dorky

From:Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Thursday, December 2, 2004, 4:01
On Wed, Dec 01, 2004 at 10:39:25PM -0500, Carol Anne Buckley wrote:
> Might you know the/a Spanish word for "dorky"?
Well, when you get into slang, you start having to qualify "Spanish" according to part of the world. My Oxford Spanish Dictionary doesn't have a translation of "dorky", but it supplies these words for "dork", in the sense of a person (as opposed to a penis): General: ganso/a (m/f); Latin American: baboso/a (m/f) Looking these up on the Spanish-English side, I find that both can be used as adjectives as well as nouns, so there you have it: "dorky" is "ganso" or "gansa" or "baboso" or "babosa", depending on whether the dorky person is male or female and whether you're speaking Peninsular or Latin American Spanish. Note that both words have other meanings; "ganso" in particular is also the usual translation of "klutz(y)" or "oaf(ish)". -Marcos