There are words that we understand in English to have a broad meaning, but have come to have just one specific meaning. Take, for example, the word: molested.
At a recent trip to the Museo Banco Central in Cuenca, my daughter snapped this picture of a sign that she thought looked funny. We were going through her pictures and it really makes me laugh – you know, in an elementary school kind of way.
The sign literally means: Don’t Molest the Birds
According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word molested means: to annoy, disturb, or persecute especially with hostile intent or injurious effect. But that’s not the definition that comes to mind when we hear it. In fact, that word is seldom heard in English – we often kind of recoil when we hear it used.
But in Spanish, it actually means: annoy or disturb – and its commonly used in daily conversation. When was the last time you were asked: “Did the taxi driver molest you?”
And with that understanding, its much easier to understand, not only the sign, but also general conversation in Spanish.