Saturday, 21 May 2011

Casillas

La palabra de hoy es: 'casilla' = hut/ small house/ pigeonhole.

In Spanish, the noun 'casilla' is also commonly used to mean:
  • Each one of the squares in a crossword
  • Each one of the squares on board games (e.g.: chess/ checkers/ draughts/ etc.)
  • Each one of the squares on a sheet of square paper
  • Each cell in a spreadsheet
  • A cinema/ theatre box office
  • A box shaped compartment in shelves or set of drawers
  • A postal box ('casilla postal')
  • A dog kennel
A related word, 'casillero' is often used to mean shelves or similar furniture items with pigeonholes. The term 'casilla' is also used in expressions such as:
  • Sacar a alguien de sus casillas (to make someone loose his/ her patience or drive someone mad)
  • Salirse de sus casillas (to loose one's temper)
Ejemplos:
  •  ¡Para ya! me estás sacando de mis casillas (stop! you are driving me mad)
  • Todo esto me hace salirme de mis casillas (all this is making me loose my temper)
Love-Spanish.com loves the word 'Casillas' (the goalkeeper of Real Madrid and the Spanish national football team) after winning the worldcup in 2010. View Casillas, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qL5K09onnZE&feature=related



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