Tuesday, 24 May 2011


The word of the day is: 'olvidar' = to forget.

The verbs 'olvidar'/ olvidarse' are used to indicate the 'action' of forgeting or not remembering someone or something.

In Spanish, the noun 'el olvido' is used to mean a memory lapse (oversight)... and can also be used to mean the sending of someone or something to a place out of sight/ mind (oblivion/ obscurity).

A related adjective is: 'olvidadizo' and is used to describe someone who forgets things easily.

Examples of usage are:
  • Todo por culpa de un olvido (it is all due to an oversight)
  • Las obras de ese autor han caído en el olvido (That author's works have fallen into obscurity/ oblivion)
  • Hay que olvidar el pasado (you need to forget the past)
  • Se me olvidó llamarte (I forgot to call you)
  • Pedro es muy olvidadizo (Pedro is a very forgetful person)
Love-Spanish.com loves the word 'olvido' in the song “Se me olvidó que te olvidé” by Lolita de la Colina and sung by Bebo & Cigala: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bs73eGP0BEM

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