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Pedro Sánchez says “thank you” in Portuguese … thinking he was speaking Galician

A Portuguese word used in the debate for investiture in the Spanish parliament has generated a stir in social networks: thanks. Socialist leader Pedro Sánchez thanked the support of BNG (Galicia Nationalist Bloc) representative, Néstor Rego, with a “thank you”, thinking it was the correct expression to thank in Galician.

Criticism on social networks was not expected. After all, “thank you” is a Portuguese word. The truth is that the word “thank you” is not officially recognized in the Dictionary of the Royal Galician Academy, in Galician one would say “grazas”. In Galician, “thank you” is used only in the conjugation of the verb oblige, referring to someone who is forced into something.

BNG deputy Néstor Rego himself had finished his speech with a “thank you”, which could mean that he belongs to the reintegrationist movement, which is in favor of the cultural, linguistic and social union of Galicia and Portugal. But anyway, the criticism on social networks, especially on Twitter, centered on Pedro Sánchez.

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