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Tue Feb 19, 2013, 07:50 PM

Public Service Announcement — Mano a Mano

Mano a Mano does not mean man to man.

It means hand to hand... as in "hand to hand combat." Thus one can settle a violent dispute "mano a mano" by having a fist fight.

One cannot, however, settle a dispute by sitting down and "talking it out mano a mano"... unless you plan on using sign language.

English is a 1/2 romance language... when our words are not Latin-based (like hand) there are usually still clues in related words. The Spanish mano (and French main and Italian mani) are related to our word manual... like manual labor, manual stimulation etc.. With the hand.

I do not speak Spanish but I am a crusader for the "mano a mano" issue because the widespread belief that it means man to man would suggest that the Spanish word for man is mano, and that would vindicate the tourists who try to speak Spanish by speaking English loudly and putting an "o" on the end of the words.

"Where-o esto los man-o with our luggage-o?"

This should all be easy to remember since there are bilingual signs about hand-washing in almost all restaurant bathrooms these days which serve as a Rosetta stone for the mysterious Spanish language. After close study, I have come to the conclusion that employees are not being encouraged to "wash their men." (And on the off chance that folks are being encouraged to "wash their boys" in restaurant restroom sinks I am just as happy to not know about it.)

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Reply Public Service Announcement — Mano a Mano (Original post)
cthulu2016 Feb 2013 OP
cliffordu Feb 2013 #1
NYC_SKP Feb 2013 #4
cliffordu Feb 2013 #5
Rowdyboy Feb 2013 #2
Mnemosyne Feb 2013 #3
Control-Z Feb 2013 #6
cthulu2016 Feb 2013 #7
Control-Z Feb 2013 #8

Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 07:55 PM

1. How about baño a baño

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Response to cliffordu (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 07:59 PM

4. How about mano a baño.

Now go wash your hands, cliffordu!

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #4)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 08:00 PM

5. Well.......

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 07:57 PM

2. My retired Spanish teacher partner just said exactly the same thing! He sends you thanks

for your efforts to educate and we both got a good laugh out of your post.

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 07:58 PM

3. Thank you for a serious laugh out loudo moment in my day, cthulu! Great PSA! nt

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 08:21 PM

6. Someone said Mano a Woman

today on MSNBC. I wasn't really paying attention so I don't know who said it. I can't help but wonder if it was someone who voted against the Violence Against Women Act. Fighting hand to woman.

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Response to Control-Z (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 12:53 AM

7. Sigh. Not even "womano"?

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Response to cthulu2016 (Reply #7)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 01:40 AM

8. Nope.

Whomever it was just gave up after sounding stupid as though he realized it was wrong but could not understand where he went wrong. Awkward. Lol.

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