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|English to Spanish translations [Non-PRO]|
|English term or phrase: pelo?|
|I didn´t want to convolute "Cutie Pie´s" question, but the past couple days there have been a couple "pelo/cabello" wars, and I would sincerely like a clarification. No insults, please, only explanations of when it is appropriate to use these two terms. For example: "Te queda bien el pelo/cabello corto." "Esta mañana me lavé el pelo/cabello." "Ella se tiñó el pelo/cabello." "Me compré un producto muy bueno para el pelo/cabello." Is there any time when pelo (especially in Spain, although I´d like to know the rules for everywhere) cannot be used completely interchangeably with cabello? If so, what´s the difference? Thanks a million! These questions have left sincere doubts in my mind. :)|
|In Mexico, regarding register of pelo vs. cabello|
A quote from "Cassell's Colloquial Spanish" (1980, 3rd edition) by A Bryson Gerrard:
PELO: 'hair', in a wide sense including the fur of an animal. Dictionaries give you *cabello* but this is almost obsolete in Spain and considered rather *cursi* in Buenos Aires. </end quote>
NOT IN MEXICO! the whole register of this pair of words is shifted over perceptibly towards the formal. You might refer to your own hair disparagingly as pelo (although cabello would be fine, not cursi at all), but you would be taking quite a liberty to call someone else's hair "pelo", it is "cabello" unless you are speaking very informally and/or intimately. For instance if you are on "usted" terms with someone, the hair on their head is *definitely* cabello.
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