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Old December 17, 2009, 10:56 AM
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Old December 17, 2009, 10:59 AM
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I beg your pardon - in fact in the specific translation, a better word would have been a drove of sheep (a smaller group than a flock, which is driven, i.e. guided by a shepherd and dog).

This might interest you - groups of animals all have different names, for example An implausibilty of gnus.
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Old December 17, 2009, 11:02 AM
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@Elaina:


@Perikles: Spanish feels so limited when faced to "an obstinacy of buffaloes" or "a lamentation of swans".


Bueno... ahora a aprenderse el atajo de términos nuevos.
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Old December 17, 2009, 11:08 AM
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@Perikles: Spelling has been corrected.


@Elaina: That's correct. "Atajo" can be used for cattle, groups of people, sets of events...


Un atajo de ovejas = un pequeño rebaño de ovejas (small herd of sheep).
Un atajo de personas = un grupo desordenado de personas (a disordered group of persons).
Un atajo de mentiras = muchas mentiras juntas (a pack of lies).

Con hache mujer. ¿o es ache?
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Old December 17, 2009, 11:21 AM
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Old December 17, 2009, 11:23 AM
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Lo ví.

Nunca lo había visto escrito significando un atado... Nunca es tarde para aprender.
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You know, and I could be wrong, I've heard the word used to also mean "bunch". Not like a bunch of flowers or anything like that but to mean a bunch of "idiots", "pigs", "mules" when referring to a group of undesirables.

As a matter of fact, that was the only way I had heard it before. Never had I heard it used as a shortcut.

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Yes, we say atajo or hatajo (usually with "h") when we talk about a group of indesirables, too:

Un hatajo de indeseables vagaba por la calle.
Un hatajo de gandules es lo que hay.



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I beg your pardon - in fact in the specific translation, a better word would have been a drove of sheep (a smaller group than a flock, which is driven, i.e. guided by a shepherd and dog).

This might interest you - groups of animals all have different names, for example An implausibilty of gnus.
Useful link. Thanks.

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