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Old 16th July 2010, 01:47 PM   #1
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Default What does 'C'an' mean...?

What does 'C'an' mean in the names of some Majorcan holiday resorts, eg. C'an Pastilla, C'an Picafort? If it's an abbreviation can someone please tell me whta it's short for?

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Old 16th July 2010, 10:43 PM   #2
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What does 'C'an' mean in the names of some Majorcan holiday resorts, eg. C'an Pastilla, C'an Picafort? If it's an abbreviation can someone please tell me whta it's short for?

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'can' is catalan, the majorcan language is just a catalan dialect. Even the majorcans (or balearics?) believe that!!
It means 'casa de', 'house of'.

Technically 'can' is a contraction of the word 'ca' (casa, house) and the article 'en' (el, de).

http://ec.grec.net/lexicx.jsp?GECART=0024684
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Old 17th July 2010, 11:12 AM   #3
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Thanks very much, younouguaramin, for that. And the link to a Catalan dictionary is very handy. Cheers.
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Old 18th July 2010, 08:38 PM   #4
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Technically 'can' is a contraction of the word 'ca' (casa, house) and the article 'en' (el, de).

http://ec.grec.net/lexicx.jsp?GECART=0024684
You're right, but "en" means "mister" just like spanish "don". So it's "house of Mr.(whatever)". It's like adding "'s" in English.
Can Pinet -> Ca en Pinet -> Casa d'en Pinet (~Pinet's, Mr.Pinet's)

EN -> CAT -> ES
Mr. -> En -> Don
Ms./Mrs. -> Na -> Doña

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You're right, but "en" means "mister" just like spanish "don". So it's "house of Mr.(whatever)". It's like adding "'s" in English.
Can Pinet -> Ca en Pinet -> Casa d'en Pinet (~Pinet's, Mr.Pinet's)

EN -> CAT -> ES
Mr. -> En -> Don
Ms./Mrs. -> Na -> Doña
Yes, that's what 'en' means.
My explanation on 'en = el o de' was.. ...poor, al least.

I was trying to say something like :

can fanga -> casa de el fanga -> casa del fanga.
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No, I think it was close enough... I'd say you just confused en and el because both are used before names. Although the usage varies from one place to another, el/la would be an informal way of referring to either somebody you're familiar with (family, friends, neighbors) or famous characters (both RL and fictional: el Yoda, l'Audrey Hepburn). The informal equivalent of can would be cal, but it's not as widely used.

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That's a very interesting debate that I seem to have started. Thanks, it makes very interesting reading. Since we're on a Catalan theme does anybody know of a good Catalan grammar web page? I'd be interested in seeing how much I can understand, and how similar/different it is from Castellano.
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Here's a Catalan grammar from zompist's forums. I'd say it's very detailed, except in the part about dialects.
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