The language centre where I study Spanish has been a real mess lately as they are refurbishing the offices. However, the mess has taught me two new Puerto Rican expressions (see below), and lead to a reflection on how to say the same thing in other languages:
- Puerto Rico – Que revolú! Or Que arroz con pollo! (rice with chicken – I like this one!!)
- Italy – Che casino!
- Spain – Que jaleo**! or Que lío!
- France – Quel bordel!
- Sweden – Vilken soppa!
So, chaos can be associated with a revolution, a casino*, a brothel or a soup!! How about that for a mess 😉 Do you have any other examples of how to describe a mess?
*) actually casino means brothel in Italian! Casinò is the place where you gamble! I didn’t know this until I looked it up on my favourite dictionary on-line: WordReference. It is a great web-site where you can find words in English, French, Italian, Portugese and Spanish, there are also forums where language / translation issues are being discussed!
**) also a dance from Andalucía.