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Whenever I talk to a friend (Dominican I believe) via chat like Gtalk, he always starts the conversation with:


I did some research about that and found that, in fact, it comes from the Spanish "que lo que". So, what does that mean? Is it some kind of Dominican "hello"?

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Probably "Qué (es lo que) dices?" something like "Qué es lo que tienes para decir/contar?" –  belisarius Aug 23 '12 at 11:52

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It's a Dominican slang way of saying "what's up" (or even WTF), most likely coming from "¿qué es lo que esta pasando?" (What's happening? or What's going on?), suppressing the s in a way like this:

¿Qué es lo que... (está pasando, pasa, etc)? > ¿Qué eh lo que...? > ¿Qué e lo que...? > ¿Qué'e lo que...? > ¿Qué lo que...?

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In Canary islands we have a similar construction "¿Qué cuál?" where the same etimology can not be used, but the meaning is the same. –  Envite Nov 28 '13 at 8:59
but its only for dominican spanish in other hispanic countries they don't understand this, and thinks you're nuts xd –  Dustin Oct 3 at 21:16

It means What's up. It's just like saying Ya tu sabe.

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