10 interesting Spanish words

Anteayer
Ante-yesterday, the day before yesterday.

Madrugar
Verb: To get up early in the morning.

Trasnochar
Verb: To stay up very late, pulling an all-nighter.

Merendar
Verb: Having an afternoon snack; the “merienda”, that tea or coffee with something sweet. 

Estreñar
Verb: To try something for the first time, usually clothes, to break in (when new shoes).

Un Estadounidense
An inhabitant of the United States.
(Which is not the same as the general Americano).

La sobremesa
The tradition of the 30-60 minute relaxing quality time after a heavy meal.

Mi consuegro/a
The father/mother of the spouse of my child.

Te quiero
The safe state in the middle between like and love. It has a ring of “I care about you”.

Un abrazo
A formal hug, often with one arm. 

Bonhomía
Kindheartedness.

Friolento/a
Sensitive to cold. “Prepare gloves and blankets, because our guest is friolenta!”.

Ojalá
Expression you use when you hope that something will happen. Similar to “I wish”, “may it be so”, “if only”.

You noticed there are 13 words so far? Eres una máquina. You’re the best, you’re on fire. No, not a machine.

And of course, my all time favourite: defenestrar.
Verb: to kill someone by throwing him/her out of a window.
Obviously only still used in symbolic sense: “Parliament decided to defenestrate bill C-16”.

Ben

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