R is for Refrán

Thanks to @kathe_sl for inspiration for this post.

Kathe is my oldest friend ever (we used to play Charlie’s Angels together) and she now lives in Valencia (while I live in voluntary exile in London). She has just let me know that she knows the owners of ThinkSpain.com, who I follow on Twitter to keep up with what’s going on in Spain.

As Kathe mentions in her tweet message:

“El mundo es un pañuelo”

This REFRAN (saying) literally means, the world is a handkerchief – the English equivalent of “it’s a small world”. This has given rise to the popular scribble on the CARPETAS (folders) of teenagers:

“El mundo es un pañuelo y tú eres mi moco preferido.”

(The world is a handkerchief and you are my favourite boggie.)

Hm, I’ll leave you with this sticky thought on a sticky August London afternoon.

2 thoughts on “R is for Refrán

  1. Kathe says:

    Hahaha, those where the days!!! must say playing Charlie’s Angels was nearly more than 35 years ago (how time flies… but if you ask me today to play again I’d surely would).

    I used to think this saying was just a saying, but for the last couple of years I’ve been living in Valencia, it’s becoming kind of a reality.
    Two years ago a collegue from work went on a business trip to Buenos Aires, what are the chances someone comes up to him and says “do you know kathe_sl?” You can imagen the shocking face my collegue had…
    Either the world is really as small as a handkerchief or as from tomorrow I start appearing on the headlines of all those celebrities and famous gossip magazines… and start living from it!!
    Cheers!

  2. I always liked the two-line dialogue:
    – El mundo es un pañuelo
    – Sí, lleno de mocos
    Which I understood to mean that the people you know (often not very well) who you bump into are, perhaps, not always the people you would really like the bump into…!!!

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