Slang Thing

There are concepts that are used very frequently and are easy to understand, although their definition is not so simple. An example of this type of term is thing, which has its etymological origin in the Latin language.

The first definition mentioned in the dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) refers to that which has an entity, regardless of whether it is something artificial, natural, abstract or concrete.

In general, however, the idea of a thing alludes to something inanimate, devoid of life. Objects, in this sense, are things: furniture, cars, electronics, houses, etc. On the contrary, people, animals, plants and the rest of the living beings are not.

Although by definition we should not include living beings in the set of things, it is possible to qualify someone in this way to express displeasure with respect to their way of being or their physical appearance. This is used in everyday speech, in informal conversations or discussions, and is considered an insult: “What is this thing doing here?! Tell him to leave immediately!” , “I can’t believe you dumped me to go out with that thing. ”

According to, a matter or an issue is also called a thing. For example: “I will not be able to go play soccer tonight, I have to solve some things at home”, “I have a lot of work to do, I will call you later”, “There is one thing that worries me and that I would like talk to you”.

In the field of law, a thing is an object of a legal relationship whose subject is one or more persons. Obligations, rights and assets are things at the legal level.

A man may own the property right to a thing, such as a motorcycle or an apartment (apartment). One can distinguish between movable things, immovable things, tradable things, non-tradable things, fungible things and non-fungible things, among other types.

Let’s see some expressions that include this word:

* brave thing: it is used to ironically describe something that does not make sense, that is not reasonable;

* thing of entity: something valuable, considerable, of substance;

*thing to see, or to hear: something worthy of being seen or heard, that draws attention easily;

* thing from the other Thursday: it is used in a negative sense to describe an unusual event. Similarly, it is used to talk about something that happened a long time ago;

* hard thing: something impossible to tolerate;

* thing in itself: in the field of philosophy, it means a hypothetical reality that is independent of what human knowledge can imagine;

* res judicata: something that is considered resolved and that it is not possible to discuss. In the field of law, it is said of an object that, after a final judicial resolution, cannot be dealt with again through a new process.

“La Cosa”, on the other hand, is the title by which “The Thing”, a film directed by John Carpenter that premiered in 1982, was known in Spain.

In the Latin American version of The Addams Family series, known in that region as Los locos Addams, the character Cousin Itt receives the name Tío Cosa (in Spain, for his part, he was called Primo Eso). This memorable television series, which also had a film version, was created by the American cartoonist Charles Samuel Addams ; however, the character Uncle Thing was the idea of the show’s producer, David Levy.

La Cosa or La Mole, finally, is the name that the character The Thing from Marvel Comics bears in our language.