Posted by: Idioma Extra | April 18, 2011

Tuesday’s News

Costa Rica Dry Next Thursday And Friday


[This] week is Semana Santa, a time for vacation and reflection, and a time for the police to get out their “sellos” (seals) to prohibit the sale of liquor, wine and beer throughout the country, as the “ley seca” (dry law) takes effect.

The prohibition on the sale of all alcohol begins at 12:01 a.m., Thursday and will be in effect until midnight Friday, affecting supermarkets, liquor stores, restaurants and bars.

Violating the dry law can mean a hefty fine and/or jail and/or lose their permit to sell liquor.

In San José, the tradition of the Fuerza Pública and the Policia Municipal visiting each and every licensed establishment and placing seals on liquor cabinets, beer coolers and wine racks, is no longer.

Marcelo Solano, head of the Policia Municipal de San José, explained that they will only be advising establishments by way of media publications of the prohibition and their obligation to close or not sell liquor in the case of restaurants and supermarkets.

Juan José Andrade, director of the Fuerza Pública, explained that the use of seals will be up to the local community, but in any event the prohibition is in force seal or no seal.

Solano said that the removal of the seal means a savings of ¢5 million colones for the municipality.

Bars typically shut down Wednesday – some not opening at all – and re-opening on Saturday. Supermarkets close off their liquor display or remove all stock from the shelves, while restaurants keep all liquor, wine and beer under lock and key.

Word of the Day

re·flec·tion: \ri-ˈflek-shən\
Origin: Middle English, alteration of reflexion, from Late Latin reflexion-, reflexio act of bending back, from Latin reflectere
First Known Use: 14th century
1: an instance of reflecting; especially : the return of light or sound waves from a surface
2: the production of an image by or as if by a mirror
3 a: the action of bending or folding back; b: a reflected part: fold
4: something produced by reflecting: as; a: an image given back by a reflecting surface; b: an effect produced by an influence <the high crime rate is a reflection of our violent society>
5: an often obscure or indirect criticism: reproach <a reflection on his character>
6: a thought, idea, or opinion formed or a remark made as a result of meditation
7: consideration of some subject matter, idea, or purpose
8 obsolete: turning back: return
9 a: a transformation of a figure in which each point is replaced by a point symmetric with respect to a line or plane; b: a transformation that involves reflection in more than one axis of a rectangular coordinate system

More Vocabulary

Hefty: adj. impressively large: substantial
Prohibit: v.
to forbid by authority

Idioms & Phrases

In effect: operating or functioning

  • The plan is now in effect.

In force: in operation; effective

  • This ancient rule is no longer in force.

Under lock and key:  securely locked up

  • The documents were under lock and key.

Up to: the duty or responsibility of; incumbent upon

  • It’s up to you to break the news to him.

Love those Phrasal Verbs

Shut down: to close, especially temporarily, as a factory; cease manufacturing or business operations

  • Because of the holiday week, the office will shut down and re-open the following Monday.

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