A hórreo is a typical grainary of the northwest Iberian Peninsula. It is built of wood or stone and is raised from the ground by pillars. I learned about los hórreos while reading Mi punto de partida, a Spanish travel blog. Los 10 pueblos costeros más bonitos de Españais a slide show of beautiful little coastal villages. One such village is Combarro, 6 kilometers away from the town of Pontevedra in Galicia, Spain.
In this article, the Wife of Bath has posted several photos of the San Martin Cathedral in Frómista, Spain. It is a Romanesque church built in the 1060’s. She gives short descriptions of each photo and most of them concentrate on the architecture inside. The last 3 photos of the post show capital carvings at the tops of several pillars. Medieval figures are carved into what seems like action scenes. But it is difficult for the modern viewer to understand what is happening in each scene. Wife of Bath gives her own hilarious interpretations. My favorite is the very last photo. It shows 2 figures with their arms around the abdomen of a third. Wife of Bath calls it Group Heimlich Maneuver?
After reading this blog post, I became interested in how to say Heimlich Maneuver in Spanish. It is Maniobra de Heimlich. Here is a definition from Wikipedia: “La Maniobra de Heimlich, llamada Compresion abdominal, es un procedimiento de primeros auxilios para desobstruir el conducto respiratorio, normalmente bloqueado por un trozo de alimento o cualquier otro objeto”.
Wife of Bath’s blog post also includes a photo of a figurine of a one-armed hobo. She found it in the hostel where she slept in Frómista. In Spanish, the word for one-armed man is mancoand the word for hobo isvagabundo.
El manco de la photo es vagabundo.
I certainly did enjoy discovering my Spanish word of the day. To read the entire blog post by Wife of Bath, click here. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.