Friday, 24 February 2012

Hígado


Today's WOTD is: 'hígado' = liver

In Spanish, the noun 'hígado' is a masculine noun of Latin origin, the main meaning of which is liver. The noun 'hígado' is also used in many parts when referring to guts.

In Spanish, the noun 'hígado' when used in its plural form, 'hígados', may also mean a mood (spirits/ disposition) or courage.

Some commonly used expressions containing the word 'hígado' are:
  • Aceite de hígado de bacalao (cod liver oil).
  • Caer como una patada en el hígado (usually said about someone's reaction to an unpleasant encounter with another person or another person's actions).
  • Echar los hígados (to burst one's guts).
  • Sentar como una patada en el hígado (usually said about someone's reaction to an unpleasant encounter with another person or another person's actions).
  • Ser un hígado (to be an unpleasant/ annoying/ irritating person)
  • Tener malos hígados (to be really nasty).
  • Tener buen hígado (to have guts/ a strong stomach for something).
  • Tener mucho hígado (to have a lot of guts).
Examples of the use of the word 'hígado' are:
  • El aceite de hígado de bacalao es rico en vitamina E (cod liver oil is reach in vitamin E).
  • Lo que hizo Pedro me cayó como una patada en el hígado (what Pedro did felt really bad/ it was an extremely unpleasant experience).
  • Lo que hizo Pedro me sentó como una patada en el hígado (what Pedro did felt really bad/ it was an extremely unpleasant experience) .
  • No vale la pena echar los hígados para no terminar eso hoy (it is not worth bursting your guts if you are not going to finish that today).
  • Antonio es un hígado (Antonio is a pain in the neck).
  • Hay que tener malos hígados para hacer eso (it takes some nasty person to do something like that).
  • Hace falta buen hígado para ser cirujano (you need a strong stomach to be surgeon).
  • Hay que tener mucho hígado para atreverse a eso (it takes lots of guts to dare doing that).

Love-Spanish.com loves the word 'hígado' in the YouTube clip: Sexual Democracia - Acuérdese de su pobre hígado

For more on the word 'hígado', visit: Wordreference.com/es/en/ Hígado

*NB 'Click' on the speaker icon next to the word “hígado” in the link to hear the word pronounced.

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