Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Sunday May 6, 2012

látigo, noun:

In its basic meaning un látigo is a whip.

Me di cuenta de que estaba a punto de azotarnos con el látigo.
I realised he was about to thrash us with the whip.

If you add the suffix -azo to látigo you get the word latigazo (without an accent), which means a blow from a whip, a lash:

Recibió cien latigazos.
He got a hundred lashes.

More cheerfully, in Spain a latigazo is an informal word for a drink, or a shot of drink.

un latigazo de grappa
a shot of grappa

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