Espana Cani

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Hi, just wondering what the name of a very well-known piece of music, "Espana Cani", means'

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updated OCT 21, 2008
posted by Lorna-Pitcher

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Thank you, lazarus1907 and Gus! I have heard that music many times and wonderd about its title; for a non-speaker of Spanish like me, understanding the "Espana" part is easy :o) but auto-translators like Babel Fish don't translate the word "Cani" ---| so I'm glad I found this website and some generous people who took the time to unravel this for me. Thanks again!

LP, Ottawa, Ontario

updated OCT 21, 2008
posted by Lorna-Pitcher
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Gus said:

I thought the word canijo meant rabbit o conejo but no it does not. According to my Pequeño Larousse Ilustrado,canijo means, englenque,raquítico, arrugado. I thought, I mentioned .

That's what it means in Standard Spanish. "Cani(jo)", in this case, is a regional slang.

updated OCT 21, 2008
posted by lazarus1907
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I thought the word canijo meant rabbit o conejo but no it does not.
According to my Pequeño Larousse Ilustrado,canijo means, englenque,raquítico, arrugado. I thought, I mentioned .

updated OCT 20, 2008
posted by 00769608
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I've found a longer explanation (in English) here. It is not entirely accurate (specially the part concerning the "pijos"), but at least is something.

updated OCT 20, 2008
posted by lazarus1907
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Hard to translate, but it would be more or less like "Gipsy Spain". Some people (particularly, but not necessarily gipsies), when they talk using their jargon to other people in the street, they call them "canijo", which literally means "thin", but it is used pretty much like "Hey, man". Because you're constantly hearing them saing "cani(jo)", they are referred to as "canis". I am pretty sure this is a regional slang term anyway.

updated OCT 20, 2008
posted by lazarus1907