Monday, 6 February 2012


Today's WOTD is: 'muñeca' = wrist/ doll

In Spanish, the noun 'muñeca' is a feminine noun of pre-Roman origin, with two English meanings: wrist and doll. The noun 'muñeca' is often used in Spanish in its plural form 'muñecas'.

Some commonly used expressions containing the word 'muñeca' are:
  • Fractura de muñeca (wrist fracture).
  • Jugar a las muñecas (to play a game with dolls).
  • Muñeca de trapo (rag doll).
  • Muñeca rusa (Russian doll).
  • Parecer una muñeca (to be like a doll).
  • Tener muñeca (to have influence/ connections-colloquially in some parts of Latin America).

Examples of the use of the word 'muñeca' are:
  • Los niños están juegando a las muñecas (the children are playing a game with dolls).
  • Esa muñeca de trapo es muy fea (that rag doll is ugly looking).
  • ¿No te gustan las muñecas rusas? (do you not like Russian dolls?).
  • Tu hija parece una muñeca (your daughter is like a little doll).
  •  Con muñeca se consigue cualquier cosa (with influence you achieve whatever you want).
  • Pedro se cayó y sufrió una fractura de muñeca ( Pedro fell and broke his wrist). loves the word 'muñeca' in the YouTube clip: La Oreja de Van Gogh - Muñeca De Trapo (VideoClip)

For more on the word 'muñeca', visit: Muñeca

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

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