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Old March 08, 2010, 06:18 AM
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Manger or crib?

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Old March 08, 2010, 07:08 AM
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Pesebre es manger (si piensas en manger - comer en francés - puedes recordarlo mejor)
Crib es cuna
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Away in a manger, no crib for a bed
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Old March 08, 2010, 02:19 PM
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Thanks a lot, Ambarina.

And is crib a synonym for cradle?
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Old March 08, 2010, 02:26 PM
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Thanks a lot, Ambarina.

And is crib a synonym for cradle?
The easy answer is yes. All three words have so many different related meanings, I wouldn't worry too much. For instance, a crib can be a manger, and it can also be something like a cradle.
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A manger is not a crib. It is a feeding trow for animals in a barn.

Cradles rock (bambolean). Cribs do not rock.
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A manger is not a crib. It is a feeding trow for animals in a barn..
Yes, I know. But the oldest definition of a crib in the SOED is "a barred receptacle for fodder". (Note too German Krippe). The baby's crib is presumably called thus because it has barred sides.
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Yes, I know. But the oldest definition of a crib in the SOED is "a barred receptacle for fodder". (Note too German Krippe). The baby's crib is presumably called thus because it has barred sides.
Is manger commonly used for crib in Britain? I doubt it.
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Is manger commonly used for crib in Britain? I doubt it.
You're right, but then crib isn't commonly used either.

Mostly we say cot for a baby's bed. A moses basket is often used when the baby is newborn.
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You're right, but then crib isn't commonly used either.

Mostly we say cot for a baby's bed. A moses basket is often used when the baby is newborn.
My list says "bassinet" (a moses basket) and "bassinette" as "cuna portátil". Maybe they are old fashioned words.
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My list says "bassinet" (a moses basket) and "bassinette" as "cuna portátil". Maybe they are old fashioned words.
I think your list of translations is American English

Bassinet is an old-fashioned word, but I'm sure it's AmE rather than BrE.
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