As I study Spanish, I come across words that have usage and/or subtle meanings that I love, so I’ve decided to start a semi-regular post series on the blog called Spanish word(s) I love. I promise I’ll make mistakes in usage so don’t go quoting me on anything, but perhaps you’ll be as entertained as I’ve been by the Spanish language.
Today’s word: copa
Copa means cup or glass, as in copa de vino (glass of wine). It’s used in other drinking-related phrases, such as:
- tomar una copa = have a drink
- ir de copas = go out drinking
- beber una copa de más = have one too many drinks
It’s also used for:
- Copa Mundial = World Cup
- copa de sombrero = crown of a hat
- copas (de baraja) = one of the four suits in a Spanish deck of cards
And my favorite: como la copa de un pino, which literally translates to “like the crown of a pine (tree)” and is used in the following idioms:
- Él dijo una mentira como la copa de un pino = He told a whopper of a lie.
- Es una idiotez como la copa de un pino = That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.
What do you think? ¿Qué bueno, no? Stay tuned for more nerdy, idiom-filled fun …