December 12, 2011

Bodegas and bodegas

A recent visit to Spain reveals a trans-Atlantic distinction in the meaning of the word "bodega." When an American, at least in the northeastern U.S., thinks of a bodega, he thinks of something like Latin Americans mean by the word:

I found this picture at, but
it shows up often if you look for "bodega" on the internet.

In Spain, however, a bodega is a wine cellar or winery.

Thanks to Bodegas Arzuaga-Navarro.

The Diccionario of the Real Academia Español has a useful entry.

Another "word of the day": A "bodegón" is a cafe, or a genre scene in painting that features food.

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