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What does the word "maje" (pronounced "mae") mean in Nicaraguan Spanish? Could the word be considered offensive, and, if so, in what contexts is it appropriate to use?

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Maje in Nicaragua means something like dude in English...it is used mainly between friends. Women tend to use it less. It is not considered to be offensive but you should not use it in formal meetings or with someone you don't know very well.

Rafael is right maybe in another countries might be offensive. But I don't think it would be a big deal to use it in Nicaragua. Never use it to refer to people that they deserve respect like your parents, boss or any like that.

Hope it helps someone. :)

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Same in Costa Rica –  OnaBai Jan 25 '13 at 22:25
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It is an offensive word in some countries like Honduras and you should avoid using it. However in Nicaragua it is slang for a way to refer to a person, if you want to translate it to English it would probably be "dude".

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more like the equivalent of "bro" rather than dude, but yes –  user778 Jun 8 '12 at 17:35
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In Costa Rica, mae is a "crutch" word used at the end of a lot of sentences. Similar to the vos used elsewhere in Latin America.

Qué fue lo que dijiste, mae?

Mae, yo sé, mae.

It can mean "you", but it's also used as an interjection, to "complete" a sentence. Definitely slang, but used heavily.

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Creo que el "mae" de costa rica, no es lo mismo que "maje" en Guatemala, El Salvador u Honduras. –  jachguate Jan 26 '13 at 0:13
    
Totalmente de acuerdo. –  mjuarez Jan 26 '13 at 0:17
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