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Old 28th June 2008, 02:09 AM   #1
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The phrase of the day today is
En el país de los ciegos, el tuerto es el rey

El tuerto seems like a funny word. Any further translation - or etymology?
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Old 28th June 2008, 02:45 AM   #2
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cyclops is just as funny of a word.
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Old 28th June 2008, 05:46 AM   #3
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cyclops is just as funny of a word.
Is that what it means? Because Kuklops means "round eye" in Classical Greek. Does tuerto mean "round eye" or is it the Spanish word for Cyclops, and if so, it doesn't seem remotely related.
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Old 28th June 2008, 07:40 AM   #4
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A tuerto is a one-eyed person, or a person who only has sight in one eye, in Spanish. The word comes from the Latin tortus, according to the RAE.
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The phrase of the day today is
En el país de los ciegos, el tuerto es el rey

El tuerto seems like a funny word. Any further translation - or etymology?
I believe El tuerto is a one-eyed man. It might possibly mean cross eyed as well.

According to the notes in the reader La banda de París: Persona a la que le falta la vista de un ojo.

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Old 28th June 2008, 09:07 AM   #6
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The phrase of the day today is
En el país de los ciegos, el tuerto es el rey

El tuerto seems like a funny word. Any further translation - or etymology?

Que yo sepa, tuerto, (viene de torcer) como adjectivo, quiere decir "twisted" "distorted"
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Old 28th June 2008, 05:39 PM   #7
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I believe El tuerto is a one-eyed man. It might possibly mean cross eyed as well.

According to the notes in the reader La banda de París: Persona a la que le falta la vista de un ojo.
No, cross eyed means 'bizco'.

También se oye, aunque menos, 'En el país de los tuertos, el bizco es rey.'
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The phrase of the day today is
En el país de los ciegos, el tuerto es el rey

El tuerto seems like a funny word. Any further translation - or etymology?
In Dutch we say, 'in the land of the blind, One-Eye reigns supreme'.
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Old 28th June 2008, 07:21 PM   #9
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You can read the etymology of the word here.
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Old 28th June 2008, 07:43 PM   #10
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You can read the etymology of the word here.
Looks like a longer, more complete version of what I said.
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