Sunday, 17 July 2011


La palabra de hoy es: 'patata' = potato.

In Spanish, 'patata' is a feminine noun. The origin of the word 'patata' comes from the nouns 'papa' (a noun of Quechua origin) and 'batata'. The Spanish noun 'patata' is one of the names given to the produce of the potato plant.

The noun 'patata' is also used in some parts of the Spanish-speaking world to mean a low quality product, or something which is not working properly.

A number of common Spanish expressions include the noun 'patata'. Some examples are:
  • Patata caliente (hot potato... a problem without an easy solution)
  • Tortilla de patata (Spanish omelette)
  • Patatas fritas (potato chips or French fries in the US/ crisps or chips in the UK)*
  • Escarabajo de la patata (Colorado beetle)
  • Ni patata (nothing)

Examples of the use of 'patata' are:
  • La merluza con patatas fritas está muy rica (hake and chips... or hake with French fries is very tasty)
  • Una bolsa de patatas fritas (a bag of crips... or potato chips)
  • La tortilla de patata es muy típca (Spanish omelette is a very typical dish)
  • De ese asunto, no sé ni patata (I know absolutely nothing about that matter)

These are different meanings of the Spanish "patatas fritas" loves the word 'patata' in the YouTube clip in which El Cocinero Fiel shows how to prepare: Tortilla de patata (a mi manera)
For more on the word 'patata', visit: Patata
*NB 'Click' on the speaker icon next to the word “patata” in the link to hear the word pronounced.

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