La Canguro – My Spanish Word Of The Day 10/7/2016

¡Buenos Días!

My Spanish word of the day is:

la canguro

You may already know el canguro means kangaroo.  But did you know that canguro can also mean babysitter?  El canguro and la canguro are used colloquially in España to refer to the babysitter.  When speaking about the Australian marsupial, the masculine article is used.  When speaking about a babysitter in Spain, either the masculine or feminine article is used depending on the babysitter’s gender.  Notice that the noun remains masculine,  that is to say, canguro does not become cangura when talking about a female babysitter.

La canguro se hizo cargo de los niños mientras sus padres salieron al cine. (The babysitter watched the children while their parents went out to the movies.)

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¡Hasta Luego!

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