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El_Tortuga

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So my nickname, El Tortuga, has been around a while. Which is fine, but I just learned today that the correct grammar in Spanish is "La Tortuga". UGGH.

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Ricardo

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RE: My nickname (in reply to El_Tortuga

It's ok I worked with a female dancer from Madrid "La Truco". Also we have males like el cigala, el torta and guitarist el perla though the guys often leave off the "el". Habichuela too.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 28 2012 0:43:50
 
El_Tortuga

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RE: My nickname (in reply to El_Tortuga

Hehe, guess I'll not switch then.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 28 2012 0:49:11
 
Doitsujin

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RE: My nickname (in reply to El_Tortuga

quote:

So my nickname, El Tortuga, has been around a while. Which is fine, but I just learned today that the correct grammar in Spanish is "La Tortuga". UGGH.


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Well, jokes aside: Since most nicknames are made up even with numbers and so on...I see no problem. Its very good like now. I would not worry. ;)
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 28 2012 0:49:34
 
El_Tortuga

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RE: My nickname (in reply to Doitsujin

Well Doit I'm glad you had a good laugh

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 28 2012 0:53:07
 
BarkellWH

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RE: My nickname (in reply to El_Tortuga

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So my nickname, El Tortuga, has been around a while. Which is fine, but I just learned today that the correct grammar in Spanish is "La Tortuga". UGGH.


Spanish is fairly consistent in the gender of nouns, but, as you have discovered, there are exceptions and anomolies. One of the most interesting is "Mar" or sea. Usually, the definite article preceding "Mar" is masculine, "el Mar." Nevertheless, the feminine "la Mar" is also correct and is used in a more poetic sense.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 28 2012 1:05:38
 
Richard Jernigan

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RE: My nickname (in reply to El_Tortuga

...then there are Gypsy nicknames: Rafael Romero "El Gallina" for example. Apparently doubly confounded gender, but in fact a contraction of "El de la Gallina." His mother was called "La Gallina [the Hen]', so "El Gallina" is short for "son of the Hen".

There's "El Sordera", also a singer, whose name is another apparent gender contradiction, but also paradoxical, since "sordera" is the feminine form of the adjective "deaf", an odd name for a singer. Of course his mother was "La Sordera".

The guitar dynasty of "Los Habichuela" puts a masculine article in front of the feminine name for kidney beans.

On the subject of beans and nicknames, Agustin Castellon "Sabicas" was said to be named for his fondness for broad beans [habas] as a child. "Habicas", diminuitive, "Sabicas" with a childish lisp. Feminine in all instances, though "Niño Sabicas" modifying a masculine noun early in his career.

Etc. etc.

So if you don't mind implying that your mother was a turtle....

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 28 2012 1:28:47
 
kudo

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RE: My nickname (in reply to BarkellWH

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masculine, "el Mar." Nevertheless, the feminine "la Mar" is also correct and is used in a more poetic sense.

yup, I was going to say the same thing.

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