Wednesday, 17 August 2011


La palabra de hoy es: 'ajo' = garlic.

In Spanish, the word 'ajo' is mainly used as a masculine noun. The origin of the Spanish noun 'ajo' is Latin. As a noun, 'ajo' is the name given to garlic in Spanish.

The Spanish word 'ajo' has also another and less common meaning which results from belonging to the verb 'ajar' (to wilt).

Some Spanish expressions with noun 'ajo' are:
  • ¡Ajo y agua! (tough luck!)
  • Cabeza de ajo (head of garlic)
  • Diente de ajo (clove of garlic)
  • Echar ajos (y cebollas) (to swear-Latin America)
  • Estar (metido) en el ajo (to be involved in something)
  • Soltar ajos (y cebollas) (to swear-Latin America)

Some examples of the use of the noun 'ajo' are:
  • La sopa de ajos es muy nutritiva (garlic soup is very nourishing)
  • Nos dejamos engañar, ahora ¡ajo y agua! (we allowed ourselves to be cheated, now tough luck!)
  • Hablando de partidos políticos, no sabía que Pedro estaba tan metido en el ajo (talking about political parties, I didn't know that Pedro was involved so much in that) loves the word 'ajo' in the YouTube clip showing how to prepare garlic soupSopa de ajo
For more on the word 'ajo', visit: Ajo
  *NB 'Click' on the speaker icon next to the word “ajo” in the link to hear the word pronounced.

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