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15:03 Sep 21, 2011
English to Spanish translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Idioms / Maxims / Sayings / palabras despectivas
English term or phrase: "dork"
What would be the best Spanish equivalent for the word "dork"? It is something close to "nerd" or "geek", but has the added dimension of being stupid...


John Travolta uses the word in "Grease" when he says "I don't want to hang out with YOU DORKS"...

Any suggestions?
Bob Haskell
Local time: 17:32
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Summary of answers provided
5 +2Menso, boboElda Munguia
4 +2idiota, estúpido, tonto, necio
Laura Ojeda
4 +1baboso
Yaotl Altan
4nabo (en Argentina)
Pablo Julián Davis
4boludonahuelhuapi
4ñoño
Charles Davis
4zonzo
George Rabel
4atontado
Ion Zubizarreta
3colgado/pringado
Beatriz Ramírez de Haro
3cuadrado
Mónica Algazi
3boludo / boluda (Colloquial) Huevon ( Vulgar) ImbécilEmpirical


Discussion entries: 9





  

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baboso


Explanation:


Yaotl Altan
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agree  Aradai Pardo Martínez: ja, sí! O tarado
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idiota, estúpido, tonto, necio


Explanation:
dork
(n.) = idiota, estúpido, tonto, necio
Ex: And then we get nongs like Joe here who just cant help himself from being a dork.




Laura Ojeda
Argentina
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Native speaker of: Native in SpanishSpanish

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agree  Eileen Banks: :) -
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agree  Ana Garrido
5 days
  -> Muchas gracias, Ana. :)
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atontado


Explanation:
Otra opción, saludos.

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atontado, da.

(Del part. de atontar).

1. adj. Dicho de una persona: Tonta o que no sabe cómo conducirse.

http://buscon.rae.es/draeI/SrvltConsulta?TIPO_BUS=3&LEMA=ato...

Ion Zubizarreta
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17 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5
cuadrado


Explanation:
Cuando nos referimos a una persona muy centrada en una especialidad y medio ajena a cualquier otra inquietud humana, solemos decir que es "cuadrada (como un raviol)"

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That is, if you do not want to use the equally effective but more vulgar options mentioned by Pablo Julián (especially the last two!).

Mónica Algazi
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Menso, bobo


Explanation:
Other options. Regards.

Elda Munguia
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agree  Eileen Banks: :)
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  -> Thank you Eileen!

agree  MollyRose: To me, a native U.S. speaker, a dork is not necessarily nerdy, nor is he an idiot. It's more like being awkward and doing/saying "dumb" things. A peer could say to someone who has said or done something stupid, "You dork!" in a friendly way.
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  -> Many thanks Molly!
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zonzo


Explanation:
DRAE

zonzo, za.



1. adj. Soso, insulso, insípido. Apl. a pers., u. t. c. s.

2. adj. Tonto, simple, mentecato.

En Cuba diríamos coloquialmente "guanajo"

George Rabel
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boludo


Explanation:
Si lo quieres bien argentino, es lo que se usa. ¡Suerte!

nahuelhuapi
Argentina
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boludo / boluda (Colloquial) Huevon ( Vulgar) Imbécil


Explanation:
These are the three translations provided by Argentine Youths who understand the word but don't use it as they do the word "geek".

Empirical
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dork
ñoño


Explanation:
I said I wasn't going to answer, but since everyone else is...

Here's the Wiktionary definition of "dork":
"(US, pejorative, slang) A quirky, silly and/or stupid, socially inept person, or one who is out of touch with contemporary trends. Often confused with nerd and geek, but does not imply the same level of intelligence."
The "usage notes" add: "Narrowly used to indicate someone inept or out of touch, broadly used to mean simply “silly, foolish”"
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/dork

Actually, "stupid" was probably the original meaning; it is probably derived from "dick", and indeed "dork" can also mean "penis".
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=dork

So then, perhaps Travolta's character just meant "idiots". If so, plenty of suggestions have already been offered. But I still think it means more than that. A dork is not a nerd in the sense of a swot, but is socially inept and, as I said before, uncool.

I think "ñoño", as used in Argentina, may capture its connotations well. Applied to a person, it generally means "sumamente apocada y de corto ingenio" in Spanish, according to the DRAE. In Argentina, it seems to be used specifically in a way rather like dork. Here is someone in an Argentine roleplay gaming forum distinguishing related terms:

"Ñoño: persona antisocial, sin amigos ni pareja, que vive en un mundo de pedo pensando que nadie lo entiende.
Nerd: persona que privilegia actividades más intelectuales que físicas.
Geek: amante de la tecnología en general y de la computación en particular.
Friki: fanático de algo, a tal punto que parece dedicar su vida al objeto de su fanatismo, dándole más importancia de la que merece."

So a "ñoño" is a bit pathetic and socially inept.

Here, again from Argentina, are "Diez indicadores para saber que sos un ñoño". Here are a few:
"Tienes o has tenido acné?
. Has formado o formas parte de un coro? (si es navideño peor)
. Has ido o vas a misa con tu novia/o? (en ese plan)
Sabes tocar flauta o instrumentos de aire similares?
. Estás en un grupo de investigación?
. Participaste o participas activamente en las olimpiadas de matemáticas?
. Eres amotriz para el deporte? (Especialmente para el futbol)
. Eres o fuiste Boy Scout?
. Usas pantalones de pana?"
http://www.taringa.net/posts/humor/9166787/Diez-indicadores-...

I think we're close to the essence of dorkishness here. "Una manga de ñoños como ustedes": could work.

Charles Davis
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colgado/pringado


Explanation:
Coincido con Charles en que "dork" es básicamente "uncool/nerdy".
Estas dos opciones recogen la idea en España y quizás sean extrapolables a Argentina

Beatriz Ramírez de Haro
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nabo (en Argentina)


Explanation:
Un equivalente muy cercano en argentino. Más que nada la falta de onda, la torpeza tanto física como social... De cool no tiene absolutamente nada.

En este ejemplo creo que lo que más salta a la vista es el tema de la torpeza, la falta de 'onda': "...es un nabo total, recien lo vi bailando y las caras de boludo que pone, son terribles. ..." (http://www.xtreme-addictions.com.ar/foro/archive/index.php/t...

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En este otro ejemplo la torpeza pasa por la falta de habilidad. ('porteño', perteneciente a la ciudad de Buenos Aires): "...viene de 'nabo', aquel que -en porteño- es un desastre y no sabe hacer las cosas..." (http://blogs.eldiariomontanes.es/entre-dos-orillas/tag/nabos...

Alternativa: 'Un desastre'. Muy común también, como fallo pésimo sobre el desempeño de alguien en el deporte, la vestimenta, el bailar, el 'levante' con el sexo opuesto, la interacción social en general, o lo que fuere. "...encima de que el tipo es un desastre cantando, es nefásta su pronunciación del inglés jaja, ahora sé porqué era tan 'especial' el karaoke. ..." (http://horroroscopo.net/la-era-de-acuario)

Pablo Julián Davis
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