I had a friend in Asturias who was always using this phrase – “somos cuatro gatos” when she meant there are hardly any of us. Actually, there seems to be a particular use in Spanish of the number four to mean “not many”. Sometimes I’ve sat in meetings and someone has commented “somos cuatro” or about another group of people “son cuatro”. I’ve now learnt not to start looking round and counting – “cuatro” means a few, hardly any, so next time you’re in some sort of minority situation you can try it out too – “somos cuatro gatos”.
Posted by: janecronin | September 26, 2011