In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(amusing)(joke) gracioso(joke) cómico(person) divertido(person) graciosoit was so funny! — ¡fue tan divertido / gracioso!
- funny antics — monerías
- funny faces — morisquetas
- don't get funny with me! — ¡conmigo no te hagas el gracioso!
- it's not funny, you know! — ¡te advierto que no me hace ninguna gracia!
2.1(strange)raroextrañothe funny thing is that … — lo extraño / curioso del caso es que …
- (it's) funny (that) you should mention it — es curioso que lo menciones
- that's funny! I could have sworn … — ¡qué raro! hubiera jurado que …
- to taste/smell funny — saber/oler raro
- there's something funny about all this — hay algo raro en todo esto
- there's some funny business going on here — aquí hay gato encerrado
- It's a funny thing about living in New York City - all these windows facing windows, lives facing lives.
- Family movies are a funny thing - and when I say family movies, I mean movies about families, not movies for families.
- Of course, the funny thing about this is that I remember chasing after my own car.
- People now know me far more for this website than for my magazine journalism - which is a funny thing on many levels, but I guess okay.
- I'm always saying to my sister, ‘Come and look at this funny thing I found on the internet.’
- The funny thing, is I'm not really angry at the guy either.
- Power is a funny thing, and it's dangerous to confuse it with other things, like celebrity.
- Another funny thing I noticed was his phobia to cross roads.
- Status is a funny thing, especially considering that today's must-have trappings are likely to seem ridiculous to future generations.
- Journalism's a funny thing: we don't have to pass any tests to work as reporters, and we can't be disbarred.
- In some ways, she was better, by temperament, she was better poised to be a royal than the queen, which is a funny thing when you kind of think about it.
- The funny thing about emotion, though, is that you can't send it away.
- And the funny thing we got married and that's also the day of her birthday.
- Even though I'd eaten a few hours ago, appetite in the Andes is a funny thing and a little goes a long way, so my breakfast of potatoes was still weighing heavily on my stomach.
- So it's a funny thing that the U.S. government is officially antitrust.
- It's kind of hard to tell though, and the funny thing about exams is, the moment you come out of the room you just don't care about them any more.
- It's a funny old world, as Margaret Thatcher once said.
- It would seem to me that it is a funny old world.
- ‘It's a funny thing, this business,’ he explains with a self-conscious grin.
- A funny thing to hear from a conservative, they might conclude.
2.2(deceitful)don't try anything funny! — nada de trucos ¿eh?
- he's up to something funny — algo se está tramando
- Suspicion crept into my mind and I had a funny feeling that she knew I didn't go to the movies.
3.1(unwell)I felt a bit funny on the journey — me sentí malón durante el viaje Chile informal
- the smell of paint made his stomach go funny — el olor a pintura le revolvió el estómago
3.2(slightly mad)tocado informalrayado South America informalhe's a bit funny in the head — está medio tocado (del ala) informal
- It seems that corporations would want good problem-solvers, even if they were eccentric and dressed funny.
- I feel like my life is surrounded by people who are totally deranged and totally funny.
1US(comic strips)tiras cómicassección de historietas femininesección de monitos feminine Chile Colombia informal
1informalraro informalhe talks funny — habla raro informal
- The previous week was a bit better: humorous but not actually funny.
- His witty introductions, funny stories and anecdotes kept the crowds smiling throughout.
- The jokes are not as funny; the stories not as entertaining; the scripts a bit stale.
- His wacky personality seems anything but morbid in the film, where he mugs for the camera and tells funny stories about his life.
- He writes stories which are funny almost by accident.
- Her unapologetic and absolutely funny stories almost made me want to run out to a bar and drag someone home with me.
- But many of the stories are also hilariously funny, deeply celebratory, or just plain quirky.
- He had an amazing talent of exaggerating events that wouldn't even seem funny, into hilarious stories.
- He was caring and he could keep you entertained with his funny stories and wonderful sense of fun.
- Sam begins to tell a hilariously funny story about taking the test we just got back, and David adds in a few biting comments of his own.
- No funny stories, no amusing anecdotes just a proud Dad sending his baby off into the big wide world of further education.
- She could also be light-hearted and uproariously funny.
- Some hospitals now have special rooms, where patients can go to read humorous books and watch funny videos.
- In my endless pursuit of funny stories about Eskimo words for snow, I've found friends who will send me absurd comics about it, too.
- About that funny story, we were in Las Vegas and were gambling.
- The film is positive in its portrayal of Down's syndrome, and Roberta is superbly acted as a funny, humorous, and lovable character.
- Michael, your note makes me think of the everyday action of telling friends stories - especially funny ones.
- On that note, she says her course will give students a ‘toolbox’ of skills for transforming a funny story into a routine that works.
- We have people that laugh, and so they call and tell us their funny, humorous stories.
- As well as giving a detailed portfolio of all the contestants Liam also kept everyone in high spirits with his funny stories and famous race and match commentaries.
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