Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Sunday July 12, 2009

abuela, noun:

Family ties tend to be strong in Spanish-speaking countries, so la abuela, grandmother, often has a key role. And that’s probably why there are various idioms using the word. Be careful: these are rather informal, so it’s probably best not to use them, but just to know what they mean.
If A is telling person B something that B just doesn’t believe, B might say:

¡Cuéntaselo a tu abuela!
Tell it to the Marines, or (British) Pull the other one, it’s got bells on.

And when something goes wrong after lots of other things have gone wrong, you might hear:

Como éramos pocos, y parió la abuela.
That was all we needed, or As if we didn’t have enough problems.

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