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[*] posted on 7-27-2016 at 03:58 PM
pez o pescado?


I've seen two Spanish words used fairly commonly for "fish (noun)", "pez" and "pescado". Can they be used interchangeably, or is there a distinction between the two usages?



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[*] posted on 7-27-2016 at 04:44 PM


First off, I speak basic Spanglish and am not fluent in the language. In my small world, the only reference I have heard and used the word pez was in reference to a specific species such as "pez gallo", (rooster fish) pez vela, (Sail Fish) etc.

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[*] posted on 7-27-2016 at 04:47 PM


Pez is a fish that is alive.
Pescado is a fish that has been caught.




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[*] posted on 7-27-2016 at 05:39 PM


Quote: Originally posted by David K  
Pez is a fish that is alive.
Pescado is a fish that has been caught.


That would actually made sense to me, as "ado" is usually the prefix for the past participle. Thanks!




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[*] posted on 7-27-2016 at 05:48 PM


I am sure if that is incorrect, there are the few here who would love to say I am wrong! LOL

I am not a 100% Spanish speaker, but the Pez/ Pescado explanation is one I was told long ago.




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[*] posted on 7-27-2016 at 05:58 PM



I spend most all of my days at Ivan Villarino's sport fishing establishment, and I've never even once heard the word "pez".
I believe the word has an archaic Castilian history.




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[*] posted on 7-27-2016 at 06:09 PM


Quote: Originally posted by DENNIS  

I spend most all of my days at Ivan Villarino's sport fishing establishment, and I've never even once heard the word "pez".
I believe the word has an archaic Castilian history.


I'm familiar with this "pez".





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[*] posted on 7-27-2016 at 06:14 PM




Yep. That's the only Pez left standing. :biggrin:




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[*] posted on 7-27-2016 at 06:19 PM


On the other hand, it's funny that you mention the Castilian connection. My uncle married a Madrid native, who uses the word "pez" to describe fish. Very confusing for a Puerto Rican trying to learn the nuances of Mexican Spanish.



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[*] posted on 7-27-2016 at 07:21 PM


One year when I collected salt-water tropical fish off the Yucatan, my paperwork for the Mexican gov't needed to be redone as I had used the word pescado, which imparts a whole different meaning when importing these live fish up to the USA. I had to redo the paperwork to use "pez". Each state I passed through (mostly) reviewed the paperwork.
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[*] posted on 7-27-2016 at 07:24 PM


Now that Pablo has the real lowdown; dead vs alive, anyone want to chime in on English? When do we use fishes?
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[*] posted on 7-27-2016 at 07:26 PM


I've learned that seafood words in particular are extremely regional, and that a perfectly innocuous word in one Latin American country could cause an international incident elsewhere. This song, by two Colombian brothers, is a great illustration.

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[*] posted on 7-27-2016 at 08:04 PM


Quote: Originally posted by DENNIS  

I spend most all of my days at Ivan Villarino's sport fishing establishment,...


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[*] posted on 7-27-2016 at 08:54 PM


Quote: Originally posted by David K  
Pez is a fish that is alive.
Pescado is a fish that has been caught.


I believe this is correct. My wife is Peruvian and a stickler for speaking correctly, and she corrected me long ago on the difference between the two. Gringos invariably call all fish pescados and Mexicans never correct them.
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[*] posted on 7-27-2016 at 09:27 PM


pez/pescado

cow/beef

pig/pork

along those lines according to a reference I just read. Makes sense.
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[*] posted on 7-27-2016 at 09:45 PM


OK then, what is the Spanish word for Rooster fish?

In Loreto when the captain sees or wants to go for Roosters he calls them Pez Gallo. Uses the same word, pez, for some other species.

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[*] posted on 7-28-2016 at 06:32 AM


pez is alive and pescado is dead, ready to be cooked.



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[*] posted on 7-28-2016 at 07:01 AM


Quote: Originally posted by Howard  
OK then, what is the Spanish word for Rooster fish?

In Loreto when the captain sees or wants to go for Roosters he calls them Pez Gallo. Uses the same word, pez, for some other species.

[Edited on 7-28-2016 by Howard]


Does one say "Pescado Gallo" when a Pez Gallo is cooked? :?::D :lol:




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[*] posted on 7-28-2016 at 11:08 AM


Quote: Originally posted by David K  
Pez is a fish that is alive.
Pescado is a fish that has been caught.

Winner, winner, chicken dinner!....Ah, ahem, it's that how it goes?
I will help with the Spanish, you guys help me with English, ha,ha
Ok back to the original channel, Yes that is correct DK.


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[*] posted on 7-28-2016 at 11:33 AM


And then there is the difference between 'pescador' (catches fish), and 'pescadero' (sells fish)



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