My Spanish word of the day is ingobernable(ungovernable, rebellious) because I have just become hooked on this Netflix original series starring Kate del Castillo. Ingobernable is a political thriller in which the fictional president of Mexico dies during a violent confrontation with his wife. The first lady is on the run. Although I am only up to episode 3 thus far, it seems clear to me that her rebellious flight is about much more than saving her own skin.
I love the story of first lady Emilia Urquiza fleeing from government officials, but I am also enchanted by 2 other aspects of the show. As someone who loves fashion, the first thing that I am struck by are the suits that Eréndira Ibarra wears as she portrays Ana Vargas-West, Chief of Staff of the Presidents Office. These power suits chosen by costumer Carolina De La Torre have an edge to them. Fashionista that I am, I look forward to seeing what Ms. Ibarra is wearing in each episode. The second feature of the show that I really love is the haunting theme song. Me Verás is performed by the Mexican-American musical group La Santa Cecilia. Once you hear it, it’s really hard to get it out of your head!
If you happen to watch Ingobernableon Netflix, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Here is the definition of la sirga from diccionarios.com. Una sirga es “un cabo grueso que sirve para tirar las redes, para arrastrar embarcaciones desde la tierra, en especial en la navigación fluvial, y para otras labores”. ( A towrope is a thick rope or cable used to throw fishing nets, pull watercraft away from dry land, especially in river navigation, and for other tasks.)
I learned my Spanish word of the day by watching the 2012 film La Sirga, which is available at Amazon Prime. This is the story of a young woman who escapes a war in Colombia to live with estranged relatives. She is not welcomed with open arms. The stunning photography and slowly paced storytelling allow the viewer to experience the sadness, the frustrations, and the many other emotions that the characters are feeling. Below is the trailer from the Toronto International Film Festival.
Un pichies una prenda de vestir femenina semejante a un vestido sin manchas, con sisas escotadas y sin cuello, que se pone encima de una blusa o suéter; es parte de numerosos uniformes de colegios.(A jumper or pinaforeis a feminine garment similar to a sleeveless, collarless dress with low-cut armholes; it is part of numerous primary school uniforms.)
Nocivo means harmful, injurious, damaging. Here is an example sentence: El tabaco es nocivo por el alquitrán y la nicotina que contiene. (Tobacco is harmful due to the tar and nicotine that it contains.)
You can take the test to see if you can spell the 15 Spanish words that many people often misspell at La Ortografía Infinita.
to complicate matters, to make things difficult, to split hairs, to nitpick
Of course, literally, this phrase means to look for three feet on a cat. But what one really intends to express with this idiomatic expression (modismo) is: to complicate things or to look for trouble. It is easy to locate a four legged cat, but three legged cats are more difficult to come by! To use some English idioms as a definition for this expression you could say: make a mountain out of a molehill or to go over something with a fine tooth comb.
No hay que buscarle tres pies al gato. (No need to go looking for trouble.)