Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year/Feliz Año 2009

I remember my first New Year's Eve here. A party in the zocolo, with dancing and friends. An early morning trek out to Punta Sur on New Year's Day to greet the rising sun along with a couple hundred locals. A stroll down Av. Hidalgo greeting locals I knew with "Feliz Ano Nuevo".

Oops! Feliz Ano Nuevo is NOT AT ALL THE SAME as Feliz Año Nuevo. The little squiggly above the 'n' makes all the difference - both in pronunciation and meaning.

I was quickly and gently corrected by a local after having said the wrong greeting all evening. They know we mean well, but...look it up here and save yourself and the locals some embarrassment.

So I'm wishing you all a very Happy and Safe New Year. And no matter who or what you snuggle with tonight, don't forget the Ñ (eñe)!

7 comments:

Jamqueen said...

Happy New Year to You & Miguel & all the critters!

IslaZina said...

Feliz A-I don't have an enya)-o Nuevo 2009!

CancunCanuck said...

Feliz Año Nuevo (with the accent, phew!)

May you have a wonderful 2009!

(For those who don't know, hold down the "alt" key and type "164" to get the funky ñ.) ;-) I'm sure there are other ways, but that's how I do it!

Jeanie said...

Sue,
Hope ya'll have a WONDERFUL New Year.

Nancy said...

¡Feliz Año Nuevo a todos! (I copy and paste off other web sites, LOL)

Bennie said...

Happy New Year Sue & Miguel. That was quite a mistake you were making that first year.

May 2009 be much better than 2008.

Sue said...

Thanks everyone! I hope you all had a great New Year too!

(and yeah, I did a copy and paste to get the correct spelling, my laptop doesn't work with the Alt-164).