Today's WOTD is: "rojo" = red
In Spanish, the word "rojo" is a describing word/ adjective of Latin origin which means red.
In Spanish, the word “rojo” can also be a masculine noun which means the colour red. As a noun, “rojo” may also mean left wing/ communist or someone in the Republican side during the Spanish Civil War.
Some commonly used expressions containing the words "rojo" are:
- Abeto rojo (spruce);
- Al rojo (red hot);
- Al rojo vivo (incandescent/ red hot/ at boiling point);
- Farolillo rojo (the one who “brings up the rear”);
- La roja (the Spanish National football team);
- Lápiz rojo (red pencil);
- Libro rojo (red book - Mao Zedong's, etc.);
- Marea roja (red tide);
- Números rojos (to be in the red);
- Piel roja (native American);
- Ponerse rojo* (to blush/ to turn red – person/ or to turn/ to go red - traffic lights);
- Rojo cereza (cherry red - colour);
- Rojo chillón (bright red - colour);
- Tarjeta roja (red card)**;
- Tuna roja (wild/ red prickly pear);
*NB Please note that when it means to blush, it is a describing word/ adjective and needs to agree with the gender of the person in question – see examples below.
**NB Used in sports, e.g. football/ soccer.
Some examples of the use of the word "rojo" are:
- Tenemos madera de abeto rojo (we have spruce timber);
- El hierro estaba al rojo (the iron was red hot);
- La situación está al rojo vivo (the situation is at boiling point);
- Pedro es el farolillo rojo (Pedro brings up the rear);
- Necesito un lápiz rojo (I need a red pencil);
- El Libro rojo de Mao Zedong ( Mao Zedong's Red Book);
- La marea roja es un fenómeno natural (red tide is a natural phenomenon);
- Tenemos que tratar de evitar los números rojos (we need to try to avoid being in the red);
- Antonio se puso rojo (Antonio blushed);
- Julia se puso roja (Julia blushed);
- Ese vestido rojo cereza te queda muy bien (you really suit that cherry red dress);
- La tarjeta roja significa expulsión (a red card means a sending off);
- La gelatina de tuna roja está muy rica (wild prickly pear gelatine is delicious);
Love-Spanish.com loves the word "rojo" in the YouTube clip: La Historia De Los !Campeones! La Roja (Spanish)2012 .avi
For more on the word "rojo", visit: Wordreference.com/es/en/ Rojo
*NB 'Click' on the speaker icon next to the word “rojo” in the link to hear the word pronounced.
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