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cuello (masculine noun (el)) — neck, collar. Look up cuello in the dictionary

En el accidente se lastimó el cuello y tuvo que usar un collarín durante 3 semanas.
She hurt her neck in the accident and had to wear a neck brace for 3 weeks.

El cuello de una camisa es lo que más se ensucia y es muy difícil de lavar.
The collar of a shirt is what gets the dirtiest and very hard to wash.
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Old January 22, 2010, 07:06 PM
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¿El cuello es afuera ... y la garganta es adentro? ¿Verdad?
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Old January 22, 2010, 07:17 PM
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Sí.

Traía una bufanda enredada al cuello, porque le dolía la garganta.
She had a scarf wrapped around her neck because her throat hurt.
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Old January 22, 2010, 07:49 PM
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Old March 25, 2011, 01:32 PM
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¡Estoy casado con una española y cuandoquiera que sufre con un 'sore throat' siempre queja que "Me duele el cuello"! Antes le corregía pero me regañaba tanto que ahora prefiero mantener la paz doméstica. ¿Pero soy yo que tengo razón, verdad?

"Sore throat" = "Me duele la garganta" - ¿no?
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Old March 25, 2011, 02:04 PM
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En un sentido lato (general) "cuello" se puede entender para todo. Si te refieres a la garganta, parece que es específica y concretamente, el interior, pero incluso Moliner nos da estos ejemplos:

garganta 1 f. Parte anterior del cuello, considerada interior y exteriormente: ‘Los trinos que salían de su garganta. Se le atravesó una espina en la garganta. Dolor de garganta. Un collar de perlas adornaba su garganta’.

Si alguien me dice "me duele el cuello" no sé si se por "tortícolis" o porque la persona está resfriada, si no la observo... Si me dice "me duele la garganta", aunque no la vea, sé que no es "tortícolis", sino que es por dentro.

Tener razón o no tenerla es a veces muy relativo. Si a mí me duele el oído, y te lo digo y me vienes a "corregir" diciendo que "te duele el órgano del sentido auditivo con el que se perciben sonidos" o si me duele la rodilla, me dices que "es la rótula"... hombre, si duele mucho, te diré que no me des clases de anatomía...

Como dice la canción: "Me duele el corazón... de quererte tanto..."
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Old March 25, 2011, 03:53 PM
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Como dice la canción: "Me duele el corazón... de quererte tanto..."

¡Y yo te quiero a ti, también!
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Yo creo que el dolor de garganta, sobre todo si es fuerte, puede provocar dolor al cuello. Sin embargo se habla siempre de 'dolor de garganta' tan fuerte que 'pesca el cuello'.
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@Sancho: I'd say you're definitely right, and I have never heard anyone say "me duele el cuello" when they mean they have a sore throat, but from what I see, there are people who use it like that.
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I agree with Angelica in that "me duele la garganta" is more specific, thus "more correct".

But the fact that speakers (particularly in Spain) will use "me duele el cuello" as a natural way to say "I have a sore throat" is a fact. Metonimic if you wish (el todo por la parte) but nonetheless used in day to day speech.

If I say "tengo un dolor de garganta de narices" means I have quite a sore throat, although not a problem with my nostrils...

If I say, "me duele el esternocleidomastoideo" then it is specifically the muscle, and never would be understood as the "throat".

"Me duelen las anginas" "Me duele la laringe" "Me duelen la amígdalas" would be expressions I've heard too, but the last 2 may be a bit highbrow... or rather pedantic...

Like "tener un trastorno catarral del tracto respiratorio" would be going overboard...
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