Friday, 11 January 2013

Grifo


Today's WOTD is: "grifo" = tap/ faucet


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In Spanish, “grifo” is a masculine noun of Latin origin, which means tap/ faucet. As a noun, “grifo” may also be used to refer to a legendary/ mythical creature (gryphon/ griffon/ griffin).

In Perú, the noun “grifo” is commonly used to refer to a gasoline/ petrol pump.

In Spanish “grifo”/ “grifa” my be used as describing words/ adjectives which could describe:
  • A person's hair (curly/ frizzy/ tangled/ messy);
  • A person (arrogant/ conceited);
  • A person (drunk);
  • A person (high on marijuana);

Some commonly used expression with the word “grifo”are:
  • Abrir el grifo (to turn on the tap/ faucet);
  • Agua del grifo (tap/ faucet water*);
  • Cerrar el grifo (to turn off the tap/ faucet);
  • Grifo de cerveza (beer font/ tap**);
  • Grifo de bañera (bath tap/ faucet);
  • Grifo de baño (bath tap/ faucet);
  • Grifo de cocina (kitchen sink tap/ faucet);
  • Grifo de ducha (shower tap/ faucet);
  • Grifo de lavabo (wash hand basin tap/ faucet);
  • Grifo de lavamanos (wash hand basin tap/ faucet);
  • Grifo monomando (mixer tap/ faucet);


*NB Plain drinking water
**NB Often used to refer to the mechanism used to dispense beer from a barrel/ cask/ keg. In many cases, the system includes a pump to pump the beer up.

Some examples of the use of the word "grifo" are:
  • Hay que abrir el grifo para que salga el agua (the tap must be turned on to allow the water to flow);
  • Si no se cierra el grifo se nos inunda la cocina (if we don't turn the tap/ faucet off, we'll flood the kitchen);
  • Tomas agua del grifo, ¿verdad? (you take tap/ faucet water, don't you?);
  • Tengo que cambiar el grifo del baño (I need to change the bath tap/ faucet);
  • Tengo que cambiar el grifo de la bañera (I need to change the bath tap/ faucet);
  • Tengo que cambiar el grifo de la cocina (I need to change the kitchen sink tap/ faucet);
  • Tengo que cambiar el grifo de la ducha (I need to change the shower tap/ faucet);
  • Tengo que cambiar el grifo del lavabo (I need to change the wash hand basin tap/ faucet);
  • Tengo que cambiar el grifo del lavamanos (I need to change the wash hand basin tap/ faucet);
  • Necesito un grifo monomodo para el lavamanos (I need a mixer tap/ faucet for the wash hand basin);
  • Tenemos el grifo de cerveza listo para la fiesta (we have the beer tap ready for the party);
  • El grifo es un animal mitológico (the griffin is a mythological animal/ beast);
  • Pedro tiene el pelo grifo (Pedro has curly hair);


Love-Spanish.com loves the word "grifo" in the YouTube clip: Periquito Lillo cantando desde el grifo

For more on the word "grifo", visit: Wordreference.com/es/en/ Grifo*

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

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