Monday, 5 March 2012

Cerebro


Today's WOTD is: "cerebro" = brain

In Spanish, the noun "cerebro" is a masculine noun of Latin origin, the main meaning of which is brain. When used to translate English expressions such as "the 'brains' of of the gang", in Spanish, the singular form "cerebro" is used (see example below).

The Spanish describing word/ adjective "cerebral" is used to describe something as being related to or appertaining to the brain.

Another Spanish noun commonly used with the meaning of brain is "seso". The Spanish noun "seso" is often used in its plural form "sesos", but may still mean brain (singular).

Some commonly used expressions containing the words "cerebro", "seso", or "cerebral" are:
  • Calentarse los sesos (to rack one's brains).
  • Cambiar el seso (to loose one's head/ to become irrational).
  • Cerebro electrónico (artificial/ electronic brain).
  • Dar sesos de asno a alguien (to control/ dominate someone/ put under a spell).
  • Dar sesos de mosquito a alguien (to control/ dominate someone/ put under a spell).
  • Devanarse los sesos (to rack one's brains).
  • Derrame cerebral (bleeding in the brain/ stroke).
  • Estrujarse el cerebro (to rack one's brain).
  • Estrujarse los sesos (to rack one's brain).
  • Fuga de cerebros (brain drain).
  • Lavado de cerebro (a brainwash).
  • Lavarle el cerebro a alguien (to brainwash someone).
  • Lesión cerebral (brain injury/ injury causing brain damage).
  • Perder el seso (to loose one's head/ to become irrational).
  • Riego cerebral (blood supply to the brain).
  • Secar el cerebro algo a alguien (to render someone unable to think properly).
  • Secársele el cerebro a alguien (to be unable to think properly).
  • Ser un cerebro (to be really brainy/ a brain box).
  • Tener poco seso (to be a bit brainless).
  • Tener los sesos en los calcañales (to have poor judgement).
  • Tener sorbido el seso a alguien (to control/ dominate someone/ to have under a spell).
  • Tapa de los sesos (upper part/ cover of the skull).
  • Tener sorbidos los sesos a alguien (to control/ to dominate someone).

Examples of the use of the words "cerebro" or "cerebral" are:
  • Ana es el cerebro del equipo (Ana is the team's brains).
  • Ana es un cerebro (Ana is really brainy/ a brainbox).
  • No te calientes los sesos (don't get so involved/ think less about it).
  • No te devanes los sesos (don't get so involved/ think less about it).
  • No te estrujes el cerebro (don't get so involved/ think less about it).
  • No te estrujes los sesos (don't get so involved/ think less about it).
  • Este sistema tiene un cerebro electrónico (this system has an electronic brain).
  • Carlos sufrió un derrame cerebral (Carlos suffered a stroke).
  • Carlos sufrió una lesión cerebral (Carlos suffered a brain injury).
  • La fuga de cerebros representa un problema para el país (the brain drain is a problem for the country).
  • A David le hicieron un lavado de cerebro (David was brainwashed).
  • A David le lavaron el cerebro (David was brainwashed).
  • María da sesos de asno a Manolo (María controls Manolo/ Manolo is under María's spell).
  • María da sesos de mosquito a Manolo (María controls Manolo/ Manolo is under María's spell).
  • María tiene sorbido el seso a Manolo (María controls Manolo/ Manolo is under María's spell).
  • María tiene sorbidos los sesos a Manolo (María controls Manolo/ Manolo is under María's spell)
  • Manolo ha perdido el seso por María (Manolo has gone crazy about María).
  • Manolo ha cambiado el seso por María (Manolo has gone crazy about María).
  • El riego cerebral es muy importante (the supply of blood to the brain is really importante).
  • Las responsabilidades secan el cerebro a Pedro (responsibilities are rendering Pedro unable to think properly).
  • A Pedro se le seca el cerebro (Pedro is becoming unable to think properly).
  • Le volaron la tapa de los sesos (they blew his/ her brains out/ head off).
  • Tienes los sesos en los calcacañales (You have poor judgement).

Love-Spanish.com loves the word "cerebro" in the YouTube clip: Cerebro Derecho vs Cerebro Izquierdo (Ilusión Óptica)

For more on the word "cerebro", visit: Wordreference.com/es/en/ Cerebro


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