Edad del pavo

Estar en la Edad del Pavo - Origin and Meaning

Estar en la Edad del Pavo

MEANING

“Edad del pavo” is an idiom used in Spain and accepted by Real Academia Española.

It refers to the age when a person goes from being a child to a teenager including the changes to their personalities and behaviors.

In English, it would be equivalent to puberty, adolescence or an awkward age.

When you say someone ‘está en la edad del pavo’, you are literally saying someone is at the age of turkey.

EXAMPLES
  • La edad del pavo es una edad difícil. → Puberty is a difficult time.
  • Se comporta raro, debe estar en la edad del pavo. → He acts weird, he must be at that awkward age.

ORIGIN

Regarding to its origin, they don’t fully know where this expression comes from.

Some have stated that this phrase refers to the ease in which teenagers tend to blush and become red easily, a similar color to a turkey’s snood (the flesh under a turkey’s beak).

However, others claim that the phrase originated as a way to describe the behavior of a teenager. Like a turkey, teenagers behave in an awkward or stupid manner, and even they show off to attract attention.

So, do you think you are at the age of turkey? Do you know anyone who are at this age?

Please write your answers in the comment section below.


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