Are you sometimes an ape?

Are you sometimes an ape

“Ape” (simio) you may know. However, the word has other uses.

An ape can be a clumsy (torpe) person, and “ to ape” someone is to imitate the person´s speech or behaviour. Examine these examples:

  • Mr. Sanchez took his children to the zoo to see the apes (los simios) and zebras.
  • Don´t be an ape (patosa)!
  • In the film Mr. Bean aped (imitó) Mr. Zapatero, the Spanish Prime Minister.
  • Children often ape (…a menudo remedan a…) their parents.

So you can be an ape, you can visit apes and ape a mortal´s behaviour.


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