Sunday, 7 October 2012

Búho


Today's WOTD is: "búho" = owl

In Spanish, the noun "búho" is a masculine noun of Latin origin which means owl.

In Spanish, the feminine noun “lechuza” is used to refer to a barn owl and the masculine noun “mochuelo” is used to refer to a little owl.

Some commonly used expressions containing the words "búho",lechuza” or “mochuelo” are:
  • Cargar con el mochuelo* (to be landed with a dirty or unpleasant job or chore/ to draw the short straw);
  • Echarle el mochuelo* a alguien (to give someone a dirty or unpleasant job or chore);
  • Cada mochuelo a su olivo (it is time to go to bed);
  • Cada mochuelo a su olivo (it is time to go home);
  • Cada mochuelo a su olivo (we all have a job to do);
  • Sacudirse el mochuelo (to get out of doing a dirty or unpleasant job or chore);

*NB These expressions tend to imply or convey the meaning that “others have got away with it”.

Some examples of the use of the words "búho",lechuza” or “mochuelo” are:
  • El búho, la lechuza y el mochuelo son aves rapaces nocturnas (the owl, the barn owl and the little owl are nocturnal birds of prey);
  • Siempre acabo cargando con el mochuelo (I always end up with all the bad chores);
  • Parece que te han echado el mochuelo (it seems that you have been landed with an unpleasant chore);
  • Se está haciendo tarde, cada mochuelo a su olivo (it is getting late, it is time to go to bed);
  • Se está haciendo tarde, cada mochuelo a su olivo (it is getting late, it is time to go home);
  • Basta de charla, cada mochuelo a su olivo (enough chatting, everybody to work);
  • ¡Qué suerte! Acabo de sacudirme el mochuelo (how lucky! I have just got away with not having to do that unpleasant chore);

Love-Spanish.com loves the word "búho" in the YouTube clip: Geaorgina Buho Real La Vereda de la Puerta de Atrás

For more on the word "búho", visit: Wordreference.com/es/en/ Búho

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

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