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comodín (masculine noun (el)) — joker, catch-all, all-purpose word, wild card, useful gadget, useful pretext. Look up comodín in the dictionary

Algunos juegos de cartas tienen un comodín que puedes utilizar cuando quieras.
Some card games have a wild card that you can use whenever you want.
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Old August 18, 2009, 03:33 AM
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¿Me podéis dar unos ejemplos del uso de la palabra? Entiendo el significado "joker" pero los otros me confunden.


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1. m. En algunos juegos de naipes, carta que se puede aplicar a cualquier suerte favorable. entendido
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m. Cosa que se hace servir para fines diversos, según conviene a quien la usa. entendido
3. m. Pretexto habitual y poco justificado. no lo entiendo (useful pretext?)
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1.- Me ha tocado el comodín, ahora puedo hacer escalera
I have the joker, now I can do a flush
2.- No tengo la herramienta correcta, pero este destornillador me sirve de comodín
I do not have the proper tool, but this screwdriwer will do the job.
3.- Cuando Juan llega tarde al trabajo suelta siempre su frase comodín "el tráfico está fatal"
When Juan arrives late to work, he always says the same all-purpose sentence/useful pretext "traffic is so bad"

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1.- Me ha tocado el comodín, ahora puedo hacer escalera
I have the joker, now I can do a flush
2.- No tengo la herramienta correcta, pero este destornillador me sirve de comodín
I do not have the proper tool, but this screwdriwer will do the job.
3.- Cuando Juan llega tarde al trabajo suelta siempre su frase comodín "el tráfico está fatal"
When Juan arrives late to work, he always says the same all-purpose sentence/useful pretext "traffic is so bad"

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Gracias! Es una palabra muy útil!
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Comodín es una palabra nueva para mi, pero aveces parece coartada
y panacea.
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Frase de práctica:
El único comodín en nuestros planes de viaje está el tiempo.
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I'm not sure about the meaning of your sentence, Lou Ann... but in any case, I think "está" should be "es".

El único comodín en nuestros planes de viaje es el tiempo.
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Malila - I wanted to say something to the effect of: "The only wildcard in our travel plans is the weather."

Still trying to work out ser & estar.......... (sigh.....)
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Are you using "wild card" as an unpredictable factor?

In that case "comodín" is not a good choice... "comodín" is something that can change to one's convenience, so one determines how it changes (not the case with the weather).

Your sentence would sound better like: "Lo único impredecible en nuestros planes de viaje es el clima/el tiempo."
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Ahhh!! Thanks for clarifying that, Malila - because in English we would definitely be able to use the word "wildcard" in that context. Cool distinction!!
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