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lavabo y pila - difference in meaning

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what is the difference between lavabo and pila? i looked up these words in the dictionary and they can both mean sink!

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updated ENE 5, 2009
posted by olga2

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As James, said, uses are regional. In Spain, "fregadero" is used for the dishes in the kitchen, and "pila" for washing the clothes the traditional way, which is hard to find nowadays. Also, "pila" is used in certain regions for small fountains or small pools.

updated ENE 5, 2009
posted by lazarus1907
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muchas gracias smile)

updated ENE 5, 2009
posted by olga2
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I would not use fregadero too often in Mexico though because it can also mean a F''''r. Since Fregar can mean "go away" or "F''K Off!"

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posted by LAtINaPunKROcKerAConFundidA
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This was discussed here some time back, and as I recall the consensus was that the word varies regionally. Also used are fregadero, lavaplatos, lavamanos, lavatorio, and pileta. There are probably others. I have always used lavabo, and everyone seems to understand me.

updated ENE 5, 2009
posted by 00bacfba
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