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Esteban

Jun 1, 2004, 5:19 AM

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Two words for twins?

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Gemelos...yes I've always used that but while at a friends house yesterday, the family used another word for twins and already I've forgotten it. Anyone know of another word? In fact my amigo asked me if I understood the word..he must have sensed I was lost with it or it's a Mazatlecan thing.

Gracias



esperanza

Jun 1, 2004, 5:27 AM

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Gemelos(as) is the word for identical twins. The word for fraternal twins is cuates--at least that's the word I've always heard.

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Esteban

Jun 1, 2004, 5:37 AM

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That's the word! Thanks. It's gender specific too right? Cuates y cuatas?


esperanza

Jun 1, 2004, 6:57 AM

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Nope, it's always cuates, either las or los. And listen to guys talking to one another on the street (and elsewhere): you will often hear them call one another cuate. <<Oye cuate, qué hubo?>>

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PBGollaz

Jun 1, 2004, 8:45 AM

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I have an uncle in his mid 70s who was born a twin. Although his twin sister died at birth, after more than 70 years everyone in the family still calls him Tío Cuate.

Patrick
Zapopan, Jalisco, México


esperanza

Jun 1, 2004, 1:17 PM

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Re: [Patricio B] Two words for twins?

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Que dulce, Don Patricio. Penetra como una flecha al corazón.

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quevedo

Jun 1, 2004, 3:35 PM

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Estimada Esperanza:

No, creo que no es así. Deben ser los cuates y las cuatas.

Otra palabra para twins es jimaguas.

Un saludo cordial,

Quevedo

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esperanza

Jun 1, 2004, 4:03 PM

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Re: [quevedo] Two words for twins?

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Bueno, pues, Quevedo...me equivoqué. Gracias por corregirme, siempre me encanta aprender algo nuevo.

Ahora me tienes pensativa. Cúantas palabras más que terminan en 'e' se cambian así? No nos dices otras?



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PBGollaz

Jun 1, 2004, 6:33 PM

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¡Hola! Maestro Quevedo,

¿Y ahora que lo estoy pensando, no podemos también agregar a la lista los mellizos?

Saludos,

Patrick
Zapopan, Jalisco, México


raferguson


Jun 1, 2004, 7:39 PM

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Re: [esperanza] Other use of cuate?

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I thought about the word cuate, and it seems that I have heard it more often that I would have if it was used exclusively for "twins" in the biological sense.

My dictionary says that cuate can also mean "pals", kind of like when we call someone "brother", that it does not always mean a blood relationship, but a special friendship like a blood brother or twin.

Have other people heard "cuate" used in the sense of "pals"?

Richard


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esperanza

Jun 1, 2004, 8:01 PM

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I believe that I mentioned the usage as 'pals' in an earlier post in this same thread.

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quevedo

Jun 2, 2004, 10:04 AM

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Bueno, por ejemplo, Pepe y Pepa.

¿Alguien tendrá alguna otra?

Saludos cordiales,

Quevedo


quevedo

Jun 2, 2004, 10:07 AM

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¡Excelente! Mellizos también.

Saludos,

Quevedo

P.D.: ¿Maestro? Gracias, estimado Patricio, pero siento que amigo me va mejor.


PBGollaz

Jun 2, 2004, 2:51 PM

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¿Les parece presidente/presidenta? O, tratandose de una no tan común (¡ja, ja!) ¿Qué tal ordinariote/ordinariota?

Patrick
Zapopan, Jalisco, México
 
 
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