In English they have no word for oído so they call it "innear ear" which means "the part that is inside the outer cartilage of your ear".
What are some other examples of languages doing normal language things?
@JordiGH Siblings? Latin languages don't have an equivalent word I believe.
Germanic ones do (although weirdly german doesn't use anything descended from sibling but the unrelated geschwister instead)
@ersatzmaus In Spanish we just say "hermanos" and rely on the masculine plural including both masculine and feminine members.
@aidalgol I’m guessing the Spanish speaking population in the US is quite significant:
Language Spoken at Home
(U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 2017)
According to the ACS in 2017, the most common languages spoken at home by people aged five years of age or older are as follows (the most recent data can be found via the U.S. Census Bureau's ACS chart at ):
English only – 239 million
Spanish – 41 million
Spain 2018 estimate 46 million.
@kensanata Oh, right... duh.
The funny thing is that I often see the opposite trend in Spanish: neutral nouns get femininised. For example, the -ante/-ente Latin active participles (roughly corresponding to -er English suffix) are normally ungendered and uncontroversial: el/la cantante (the singer), el/la ayudante (the helper/assistant), el/la principiante (the beginner).
Recently, though, in politics it has been necessary to highlight women in power, so "la presidenta" (the president) or "la gobernanta" (the governor) have gotten popular. They sound really weird to me, but I don't know if the younger generations find them natural already.
@funnypanja @aidalgol @ersatzmaus In English, though, there's long been a push for gender-neutral pronouns, and the only ones that seem to have gotten popular is singular they, which introduces the least amount of disruption into the language.
So if anything ever really catches on for explicit gender neutrality in Spanish, it'll probably be changing o/a to e.
@ersatzmaus Singular they has been around for a long time, but it's always been for an unspecified person. Singular they for a specific person is definitely new.
Some are always feminine, abeja (bee), tortuga (turtle), araña (spider).
Some are always masculine, pez (fish), hipopótamo (hippo), lagarto (alligator)... although I'm not so sure about these two, can't remember if I've ever seen anyone refer to a feminine hippo or alligator.
@JordiGH "Province" in France is everything outside Paris, it can be rural or urban ; all in all, one of its synonym is "decentralised"
@JordiGH Don't know if this is what you're asking for, but recently I learned that in Spanish "murciélago" used to be "murciégalo", which comes from Latin "murem caecum" i.e. "blind mouse" (in the accusative case).
The funny thing is that, as you may know, people often correct those who say "murciégalo", but it is actually closer to its etymological origin!
@regularicecube Ah, metathesis. It happens a lot in Spanish.
@JordiGH It does indeed.
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