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26 April 2018

W Is For "Whoops" | A To Z Challenge


In my ongoing efforts to learn Spanish, I'm featuring a Spanish word every day during April as part of the Blogging from A to Z challenge. I'm also sharing the random thoughts that pop into my head when I try to pronounce them.

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Today's word is >>whoops<<. And here are some random thoughts:

1 - Those of you who are paying attention will realize that this isn't a Spanish word. And that's because there aren't any Spanish words that start with "W." None, nada, zilch. When I went to work on my "W" blog post, I said >>whoops<< after I looked in my Spanish-English dictionary.

2 - There is a "W" in the Spanish alphabet, but it's only used for loan words from other languages, like wok and windsurfing.

3 - The Spanish pronunciation of "W" is >>uve doble<<, or doubled "Vs." Makes sense as a "W" looks like two "Vs" mushed together.

What's your favorite word that starts with "W"?

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22 comments:

  1. No Spanish word that begins with W? I didn't know that.

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    1. I didn't either until I got to that letter :-)

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  2. It's not a letter in their alphabet. It does look like a double V the way we print it, but when it is at the end of a word, it is actually a double U, taking the place of U in English word. Because true English words do not end in U, with the two exception of You and Thou, there has to be another letter to take the place of the U. For example, in the English word "crew", we can't spell it "creu", we use a W instead of a U to get that sound and still not end the word with U.

    The crazy things i learned in high school English!

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    1. That's really interesting! I can't remember anything I learned back in high school :-)

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  3. Wow! I never knew this. What a surprise. The only W word coming to mind is watermelon. I wish SO liked it or the small melons and pre-cut containers of the fruit were less expensive. ~grin~ Be well!

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    1. Watermelons are tricky as they're so big and if there's just a couple of you, that's a lot of watermelon to eat.

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  4. Yeah, I was wondering what word you might come up?!

    My favorite (english) W-word is wine :-)

    https://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/2018/04/w-is-for-washington-dc.html

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  5. I didn't know this either. I do now.

    My favorite word that starts with "W". How about little waves. My boat is moving on the bay in the waves. You knew it had to be about a boat.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

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    1. Waves is a good word for W, as long as they're not too big :-)

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  6. What? That's what I love about this blogging challenge. I have picked up so much information (that I probably can't use, but so interesting). I took high school Spanish for 2 years and I never knew there was no W Or did I know it and just forgot it cause that was a few years ago.
    JQ Rose

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    1. I've learned lots on the challenge as well about topics I normally wouldn't read about. There's one lady who is blogging about the military - all sorts of interesting tidbits about military life, ranks etc. It's been fascinating.

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  7. Glad someone else had to be creative when tackling a letter in the alphabet that presents a problem. I laughed when I read whoops. How about the word, winner....I think your theme for the #Challenge is a winner.

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    1. Winner is a great word too! Glad you like the theme :-)

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  8. Fun fact! International Scrabble in Spanish doesn't include the letters K or W. It does have letters for CH, LL, Ñ, and RR. Latin American Scrabble on the other hand doesn't include CH, but does include K and W. K and W are low scorers and I have to imagine they are only included because of so many English words have seeped into the Latin American Spanish language.

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    1. That's a very fun fact! Do you guys have a Spanish scrabble board?

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  9. Wow and I'm Anglo-Chilean, I suspect our W words are Araucanian in origin. W is for weekend as well.

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    1. I just googled Araucanian and learned something new :-)

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  10. My W was Wrapping Up which is a bit awkward as there is still X, Y and Z to go. I will have to unwrap for the last three posts.

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  11. Interesting fact. So no Wendys in Spain then? W didn't really give me an issue but I like your alternative.

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