Spanish Language/slang translation

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John wrote at 2006-06-30 21:11:34
Como se llama has nothing to do with "rear end"....somebody lied to you. It means "what is your name?"


V wrote at 2006-10-05 22:57:14
I grew up in South Texas. Not sure what you mean by Southwest, but I've never heard of como se llama having anything to do with one's rear end. It means, "what is your name."


kg wrote at 2006-12-14 19:38:33
I'm a lifelong New Mexican who knows flat out that como se llama means "What's your name?"  The fact that someone is calling a rear end a como se llama simply means they are saying "Your whatchamacallit."


Hellstromm wrote at 2009-09-13 18:49:23
I'm in the SW US, and it does not refer to your rear end.  It has only two meanings, no slang interpretation.  It is "what is your name" if directed at you, or "what is it called" if directed at an object/creature.


nymex wrote at 2010-02-26 05:36:16
Could the Spanish phrase have a Native American meaning??? Are the people from the Southwest, USA that racist, arrogant, and rude??? Let's hope not.


JoeHigashi wrote at 2010-10-15 18:51:16
But I couldn't find a good definition for : Como, Se, or Llama, so is this poetic or something?  How is this literally deconstructed?   Llama according to spanishdict.com is a pack animal, or a flame, not any of 'what' 'is' 'your' or 'name'.  


A fourth year student of Spanish wrote at 2016-09-08 02:55:22
The Spanish verb llamarse is a reflexive verb meaning "to be called/named."  The word Como in this phrase means "how".  Como se llama translates literally as "How are you called/named."  Note that  the translation of another familiar question in English, "How old are you", using Spanish grammar, reads literally as          

How many years do you have." You can't always translate one language to another word for word. Source: my Spanish teacher.


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