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Apples and oranges in Spanish

Apples and oranges in Spanish

Here is an interesting expression in Spanish:

¡Estás mezclando churras con merinas!

(You are mixing churras and merinas!)

It is (more or less) equivalent to the English expression mixing (or comparing) apples and oranges: we use it when we want to let a person know that he or she is comparing two items or topics that are incommensurable.

So what is a churra and what is a merina?

This idiomatic expression is mostly used in Spain, as churras and merinas happen to be the two most prevalent types of sheep in the country.

Here is a picture of some churras:

Churra sheep

And here are some merinas:

Merina sheep

As we can see, they are obviously very different types of sheep, and thus we should never try to compare them :)

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