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Old August 08, 2008, 07:34 AM
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una carta de puño y letra

Can somebody translate this form me? Thank you.
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This means handwritten letter.
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Old August 08, 2008, 08:11 AM
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Thank you for clarifying this to me. With the word puño I thought it may have meant an urgent or angry letter.
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Something de puño (y letra) is something handwritten, or something in one's own handwriting.
de tu puño y letra = in your own handwriting

Escrito de puño (y letra) de ... = written by the hand of ...
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Yes, it is. But I wouldn't write y letra between brackets, as I don't think it's common to say just escrito de tu puño. Of course, it's not impossible, but the common idiom, at least here, is de tu puño y letra.

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Yes, it is. But I wouldn't write y letra between brackets, as I don't think it's common to say just escrito de tu puño. Of course, it's not impossible, but the common idiom, at least here, is de tu puño y letra.

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Nothing to do with anger.
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Nothing to do with anger.
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Added puño y letra to the idiom dictionary.
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Yo siempre la he escuchado como una frase hecha completa "de su puño y letra", nunca suelta "puño y letra", como aparece en el modismo.

Es una carta auténtica de Velázquez, de su puño y letra.
Escribió de su propio puño y letra sus últimas recomendaciones antes de morir.

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