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Old June 09, 2011, 10:07 AM
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de la ceca a la meca

I think it means to go every which way. I would like to know if the term
is Spain specific.
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Old June 09, 2011, 10:12 AM
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I guess you mean "De la ceca a la meca".

I don't know if it is used in other countries.
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It's used here in Argentina to describe toing and froing, the labyrinthic ways of bureaucracy, and those hectic ways of life that make people to bounce like if they be making* delivering for UPS. I'm afraid it's a little bit dated and I very seldom use or hear the expression nowadays.

*Is that "subjunctive" OK?
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It's used here in Argentina to describe toing and froing, the labyrinthic ways of bureaucracy, and those hectic ways of life that make people to bounce like if they be making* delivering for UPS. I'm afraid it's a little bit dated and I very seldom use or hear the expression nowadays.

*Is that "subjunctive" OK?
In Chile too.

Use the subjuntive "were"

Or ..."they be making it for UPS"

Or "they be making the delivery for UPS"
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I guess you mean "De la ceca a la meca".

I don't know if it is used in other countries.
Yes, it is used in Latin America also.

"Anduve de la ceca a la meca buscando unos zapatos que me gustaran"


Encontré algo interesante -la parte subrayada- en Wikipedia sobre este tipo de términos:

"Se trata simplemente de dos palabras empleadas como adverbio de lugar, palabras que suenan bien y que se emplean para enfatizar como tantas otras, por ejemplo, oxte ni moxte, el oro y el moro, tiquis-miquis, teje-maneje, troche y moche... Los lingüistas hacen la observación de que casi siempre la segunda palabra empieza por m".

@Poli: Sorry I switched languages.. . You weren't wrong, except for the word order. In Don Quixote, which is one of the first places where this term is used, the articles are not used: "De ceca en meca" (en instead of a).

I love languages and their intricacies!!!!

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It's used here in Argentina to describe toing and froing, the labyrinthic ways of bureaucracy, and those hectic ways of life that make people to bounce like if they be making* delivering for UPS. I'm afraid it's a little bit dated and I very seldom use or hear the expression nowadays.

*Is that "subjunctive" OK?
I agree with el chileno but wish to make additional clarifications:
...hectic ways of life that make people bounce around like they were (as if they were is better) making deliveries for UPS.

like they be makin' deliveries for UPS is an African American usage very common in the U.S. but not standard.
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In Chile too.

Use the subjuntive "were"

Or ..."they be making it for UPS"

Or "they be making the delivery for UPS"
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I agree with el chileno but wish to make additional clarifications:
...hectic ways of life that make people bounce around like they were (as if they were is better) making deliveries for UPS.

like they be makin' deliveries for UPS is an African American usage very common in the U.S. but not standard
Thank you both. I really appreciate it.
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I agree with el chileno but wish to make additional clarifications:
...hectic ways of life that make people bounce around like they were (as if they were is better) making deliveries for UPS.

like they be makin' deliveries for UPS is an African American usage very common in the U.S. but not standard.
You're right. I didn't read the whole sentence...

And you're welcome aleC.
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