Spanish is probably the easiest Romance language to learn and speak, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t full of nuance and a rich variety of expression. Being able to communicate in Spanish is one thing; mastering the language and being able to use its wide variety of idiomatic expressions correctly is quite another. I can handle communication in Spanish but I have a long way to go with the idiomatic side of things.
In this regard, as I was marveling the other day over the appearance of the word “sourpuss” in a document of papal magisterium, and was looking into its Spanish original to find out if that is what the Pope really said (it turns out that yes, he basically really did say that!), I came across another fun Spanish expression that conveys a similar concept: cara de pocos amigos… or, “face of one with few friends”! I like it.
On this Thanksgiving Day I am grateful for all of my friends and family!