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False Friends Alert: Frutos secos are NOT dried fruit. And nuts are not nueces.

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3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/lazouave
lazouave
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This article was so great! I've learned something...in English actually. In French, fruits secs (literally "dried fruits") is a combination of both what you call dried fruits and nuts. While reading the article, I was like: "but the Spanish are right! Who in their right mind would call that 'nuts'?" ;)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SimoneBa
SimoneBa
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Very interesting! French is next on my list, so this little nugget of info should come in handy. I love all the different perspectives and minutiae ;-)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lazouave
lazouave
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Yes, that's what makes languages so fascinating!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SimoneBa
SimoneBa
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Indeed! You might also like this piece, if you've not ready it already:

https://ladyofthecakes.wordpress.com/2013/12/10/whats-in-a-word-bimbo-harmless-sexist-or-racist/

Is there a French perspective to this?? ;-)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lazouave
lazouave
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Don't you mean the one beneath it? The flag from before 1755 is the blindfolded one, as a sign of protest against French rule :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SimoneBa
SimoneBa
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Ah! I didn't realise...

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Luxerne
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Is this a Spaniard thing? Because in Mexico at least, nueces can refer to nuts in general, or specifically pecans...

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SimoneBa
SimoneBa
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There are bound to be some regional variations in terminology...

I guess since Walnuts are not native to the Americas, and Pecans are the most closely related thing, it makes sense :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/superdaisy

I was going to say--but both my Spaniard and my Mexican teacher have told us "nueces" for "nuts"!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Eric.Winter

Yes, my understanding is that this is just in Spain.

1 week ago
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