el trapero

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This is a word my Spanish teacher has me looking up for next week's class. I found "rag and bone man". What on earth is THAT? Is it because I am French that I don't understand it'''

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updated OCT 30, 2008
posted by Brenda-Ethier

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In english: Hahah nice picture...
Or in spanish: Jajaja buena fotografia...

Anfernanda said:

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updated OCT 31, 2008
posted by Irina
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The teacher IS from Columbia. This is all so interesting. I just retired as a French Immersion teacher, and I'd always have to tell my students "You will hear THIS in Canada, but no one would understand you if you used it in France. THERE, you would say............"

updated OCT 31, 2008
posted by Brenda-Ethier
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This site is so neat! Thanks for all the help! Brenda

updated OCT 31, 2008
posted by Brenda-Ethier
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"Trapero" is a mop to clean the floor, as James Santiago said " a string mop". In some parts of South America is very common to use the word "trapeador". It means the same thing. Maybe your teacher is from Colombia or Venezuela. (In the Pictures: Different kinds of trapeadores).

updated OCT 31, 2008
posted by Anfernanda
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updated OCT 30, 2008
posted by Anfernanda
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I was just going to say: nothing from the kitchen for sure. But this only applies to Spain.

I bet this word would not be understood like this in Spain.

updated OCT 30, 2008
posted by 00494d19
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Eddy said:

Brenda Ethier said:

Oh, sorry. We were given a list of words that have something to do with the kitchen, and I ran aground with this one. Someone else replied, and I think this is probably the meaning she was looking for - a rag to clean the floor. Thanks again!

In that case look at this site. Loads of examples.

[url=http://www.google.co.uk/imgres'imgurl=http://www.proexim.com/images/Elementos_Aseo/TraperoHiloSuaveBlanco.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.proexim.com/TextilesyAseo/Elementos_Aseo/Traperos.htm&h=685&w=600&sz=20&tbnid=SZiQAnIktFwJ::&tbnh=139&tbnw=122&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dtrapero&usg=__rf8Se7_xbEF9INxAvHcclyONTvk=&sa=X&oi=image_result&resnum=1&ct=image&cd=1]trapero[/url]

Nice job, Eddy! So it's a mop, and probably specifically a string mop. I have always heard trapeador for mop, and I think in Spain they say fregona. But obviously there are more than two ways to call a mop.

updated OCT 30, 2008
posted by 00bacfba
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Brenda Ethier said:

Oh, sorry. We were given a list of words that have something to do with the kitchen, and I ran aground with this one. Someone else replied, and I think this is probably the meaning she was looking for - a rag to clean the floor. Thanks again!

In that case look at this site. Loads of examples.
[url=http://www.google.co.uk/imgres'imgurl=http://www.proexim.com/images/Elementos_Aseo/TraperoHiloSuaveBlanco.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.proexim.com/TextilesyAseo/Elementos_Aseo/Traperos.htm&h=685&w=600&sz=20&tbnid=SZiQAnIktFwJ::&tbnh=139&tbnw=122&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dtrapero&usg=__rf8Se7_xbEF9INxAvHcclyONTvk=&sa=X&oi=image_result&resnum=1&ct=image&cd=1]trapero[/url]

updated OCT 30, 2008
posted by Eddy
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Yikes!! Lo siento!!!! I have all of 2 hours of Spanish instruction so far. (grin)

updated OCT 30, 2008
posted by Brenda-Ethier
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Eddy said:

Brenda Ethier said:

Merci beaucoup!

Je vous en prie

Oops!!! Sorry Brenda, this is a Spanish site. French not allowed.

updated OCT 30, 2008
posted by Eddy
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Brenda Ethier said:

Merci beaucoup!

Je vous en prie

updated OCT 30, 2008
posted by Eddy
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I used to hear this word every morning around 6 as the trapero(rag man) would be coming down the street in San Salvador, El Salvador singing his song soliciting business. Brings back fond memories.

updated OCT 30, 2008
posted by ltigo
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Merci beaucoup!

updated OCT 30, 2008
posted by Brenda-Ethier
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Oh, sorry. We were given a list of words that have something to do with the kitchen, and I ran aground with this one. Someone else replied, and I think this is probably the meaning she was looking for - a rag to clean the floor. Thanks again!

updated OCT 30, 2008
posted by Brenda-Ethier
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In addition to the meaning Eddy gave (which is called a junkman in American English), a trapero can also be a floor cloth. And there appear to be other meanings, as well. See the following.

<http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php't=418844>

updated OCT 30, 2008
posted by 00bacfba