"Le mand é un _whatsap_ a mi marido: Paco cariño, …"

Andrew Gantt agantt0 at YAHOO.COM
Tue Oct 22 17:03:22 UTC 2013

Whatsapp = an app on smartphones used for communicating via messages. She probably sent him a message there. The app has become extremely popular around the world in the last year.

On Tuesday, October 22, 2013 12:55 PM, hw gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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" I sent a _whatsap_ [< "What's up?," clearly] to my husband: Paco dear, =

The writer is a Catalan friend using Spanish. Apparently, she's using "un
whatsap" to mean, "a note."

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