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Abrelatas = can opener & key (?)

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How do you call this thing? can opener or key?

Key / Can opener

3 years ago

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Can opener is the general term, a key and a church key are specific types of can openers. Church key

And apparently this type is just called a key, it is used to peel open a can. Key

3 years ago

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Oh, I love the pictures. Thanks for reminding me of the use of church key for the old fashioned opener used to puncture a can of beer prior to the advent of pop tops and still can be used to pop the top off a bottle of pop.. Those can also be called bottle openers. The key you show on the bottom picture was (is?) found on the bottom of sardine cans (and other types of small flat cans), and I do remember calling it a key, but the picture he shows is of something I'd just call a manual can opener.

3 years ago

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Or "tin opener" in British English.

3 years ago

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can opener http://dictionary.reverso.net/english-spanish/can%20opener

Physical keys are llaves http://dictionary.reverso.net/spanish-english/llaves

The trick is that a key can be used figuratively to talk about anything that opens something not accessible without it. A key is the main component to solve a situation and is used in many expressions. Why are the kids jumping all over the place? They are all keyed up thinking about Christmas. An Allen wrench can be called an Allen key. http://dictionary.reverso.net/english-spanish/key

3 years ago

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According to this dictionary, a key is a can opener (?)

Translations noun

(to door, safe, car etc) llave f (= can-opener) abridor m, abrelatas m inv

http://www.utensiliosparacocina.com/images/productos/01103boj.jpg

3 years ago

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Sorry, I posted before I was done explaining. See above.
I can say that you are the key to fixing a situation. As a moderator, you are a key person in this organization.

3 years ago

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I call it a can opener - but I remember seeing this question on one of those what dialect do you speak tests where key was one of the possible choices. I think can opener is more common, though, as my dialect comes out as one spoken in about 60% of the US.

3 years ago

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I would also call this a manual can opener. I've never heard them called keys before. Interesting!

3 years ago