In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1silly thingstupid thingsilly remarkstupid remarkfoolish remark¡cuántas tonterías se cometen de joven! — the (silly) things we do when we're young!
- siempre sale con alguna tontería — he always comes out with some stupid remark
- fue una tontería no aceptar — it was stupid not to accept
- déjate de tonterías que estamos tratando de trabajar en serio — stop being silly / stop fooling around, we're trying to get some serious work done
- ¡tonterías! — nonsense!
2(cosa insignificante)silly thingsmall thingpor cualquier tontería se enfada — she gets angry over the slightest little thing
- oye, que cien mil pesos no son ninguna tontería — come on, a hundred thousand pesos is no small sum
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