Monday, 16 January 2012

Talón

Today's WOTD is: 'talón' = heel

In Spanish, the noun 'talón' is a masculine noun of Latin origin, the main meaning of which is heel. The noun 'talón' is often used in Spanish in its plural form, 'talones'.

The Spanish noun 'talón' may also be used:
  • In Spain, to refer to a cheque (Brit)/ check (Am) or a chit.
  • In some parts of Latin America to refer to a counterfoil/ stub.

Some commonly used expressions containing the word 'talón' are:
  • Andar en el talón (to be a hooker/ to be on the game-México).
  • Apretar los talones (to take to one's heels/ to get running).
  • Darle al talón (to be a hooker/ to be on the game-México).
  • Levantar los talones (to take to one's heels/ to get running).
  • No llegarle ni a los talones a alguien (to be much inferior to somebody-Latin America).
  • Pisarle los talones a alguien (to be hot on somebody's heels).
  • Talón de Aquiles  (Achilles heel/ weak point).
  • Talón de compra  (purchase receipt-Spain).
  • Talón de venta  (sales receipt-Spain).

Examples of the use of the word 'talón' are:
  • Esa muchacha anda en el talón (that girl is a hooker).
  • Al percatarse del peligro, Pedro apretó los talones (when Pedro became aware of the danger, he took to his heels).
  • Esa muchacha le da al talón (that girl is a hooker).
  • Al percatarse del peligro, Pedro levantó los talones (when Pedro became aware of the danger, he took to his heels).
  • Ese tenor no le llega ni a los talones a Plácido Domingo (that tenor is not a patch on Plácido Domingo).
  • La policía le pisa los talones al ladrón (the police are hot on the heels of the thief).
  • Las matemáticas son mi talón de Aquiles (maths are my weak point).
  • Para efectuar la devolución de cualquier artículo es necesario presentar el correspondiente talón de venta (you need to show the sales ticket to return any shopping item).

Love-Spanish.com loves the word 'talón' in the YouTube clip: Jorge Drexler - Aquiles por su talón es Aquiles

For more on the word 'talón', visit: Wordreference.com/es/en/ Talón



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