This beautiful flower, springing up all over the sierras north of Madrid recently as the summer weather gives way to autumn, is called a quitameriendas, because it appears at this time of year, when the cold weather is going to quitar (take away) our meriendas (snacks, or in this case, outdoor eating). It’s a flower which says, “the cold weather is on its way!”
I love these compound nouns – like rascacielos (meaning skyscraper, from rascar – to scratch or scrape and cielos, skies), girasoles (meaning sunflowers, beacuase they turn – girar – as they follow the sol – sun).
There are plenty more – sacacorchos (corkscrew), abrelatas (tin opener), apagavelas (candle snuffer), but my favourite is:
Aguafiestas – a party pooper, spoilsport or wet blanket – someone who literally throws water on your party!
Update: Check out all the wonderful compound nouns listeners have added in the comments on this post!
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