Monday, 19 August 2013


Today's WOTD is: "plancha" = iron

In Spanish, “planchais a feminine noun of French origin, the main meaning of which is iron. The Spanish noun “plancha” may also be used as:
  • A term in construction/ industry, meaning a sheet of steel;
  • A term in construction, meaning a wood/ timber panel;
  • A term in printing, meaning a print press plate;
  • A term in cooking, meaning a griddle/ pan;

A related Spanish action word/ verb is “planchar”, common meanings of which are, to iron/ to press.

Some expressions with the word “plancha” are:
  • A la plancha (cooked on a griddle/ grilled);
  • Plancha de blindaje (armour plating);
  • Plancha de cabello (hair straightener);
  • Plancha de pelo (hair straightener);
  • Tirar a alguien una plancha (to stand someone up -México)

Some examples of the use of the word "plancha" are:
  • La merluza a la plancha está muy rica (hake cooked on a griddle/ grilled is very nice);
  • Un modelo de vehículo con planchas de blindaje (a model of vehicle with armour plating);
  • Me han regalado una plancha de cabello (I have been given a pair of hair straighteners as a present);
  • Me han regalado una plancha de pelo (I have been given a pair of hair straighteners as a present);
  • Tu amigo me ha tirado una plancha (your friend has stood me up); loves the word "plancha" in the YouTube clip:Los Cantores De Chipuco - La Plancha (Video Oficial).

For more on the word "plancha", visit: Plancha

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

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