Word of the day – servicio

Today’s word, servicio, is a Spanish word with quite a few different meanings. The basic meaning is service, but it also means order (in a restaurant), toilet, serve (in tennis), (military) service, service charge, and (police) case.

Here are a few examples of how this word is used:

  • ¿su servicio, señor? – your order, sir?
  • estar al servicio del gobierno – to be on government service
  • estar de servicio – to be serviciable / in service
  • servicio militar - military service
  • entrar de servicio – to go on duty
  • servicio de megafonía – public address system
  • servicio de café / de mesa – coffee / dinner set
  • romper el servicio de uno – to break someone’s service

Related words include servible – serviceable, usable; servicial – helpful, obliging; servicialidad – helpfulness, obliging nature; servidor – servant; and servir – to serve, do a favour to, oblige.

The Spanish equivalent of yours truly is un servidor (a servant), while yours faithfully is su seguro servidor (your trustworthy servant) or atento y seguro servidor (attentive and trustworthy servant).

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