Saturday, 8 November 2014


Today's WOTD is: "gente" = people

In Spanish, “gente” is a feminine noun of Latin origin, the main meaning of which is people, as in:
  • La plaza se llenó de gente (the square got filled with people);

The pejorative*gentuza” is a related word used to refer to people as rabble, scum, trash or the dregs, as in:
  • De vez en cuando se encuentra uno con auténtica gentuza (every now and then one comes across real scum);
*NB See posts on Suffixes

Also related is the noun “gentío”, which means a crowd, as in:
  • Estábamos como sardinas ¡Qué gentío! (we were like sardines, what a crowd!);

Some Spanish expressions with the word “gente” are:
  • Ande yo caliente y ríase la gente (who cares what other people may think... if it is OK for me...);
    • Ya sé que mi coche no es un Ferrari, pero, ande yo caliente y ríase la gente (I know my car is not a Ferrari, but it does me);
  • Buena gente (someone who is the salt of the Earth/ good people);
    • En ese grupo son todos buena gente (all the people in that group are good guys);
  • Decir de las gentes (gossip);
    • No deberías hacer caso del decir de las gentes (you should take no notice of gossip);
  • Dicho de las gentes (gossip);
    • No deberías hacer caso de dichos de las gentes (you should take no notice of gossip);
  • El Apóstol de las gentes (the Apostle to the Gentiles -St Paul);
  • Gente bien (well off people);
  • Gente de mar (sailors/ seafaring people);
  • Gente humilde (humble/ modest people);
  • Gente menuda (children/ kids);
    • La gente menuda debería estar ya en la cama (children/ kids should already be in bed);
  • Gente sencilla (ordinary/ common people);
  • Mala gente (evil person/ bad people);
    • En ese grupo no hay mala gente (in that group there aren't any bad guys);
  • Tener don de gentes (to be personable/ to have a way with people); loves the word "gente" in the YouTube clip: Juanes -Mala Gente

For more on the word "gente", visit: Gente

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

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