Questions about regionalisms and other peculiarities of the variety of Spanish spoken in Chile.

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Was the word “bomb” only used as slang in Chile and only in the '80s?

In the hit novel Mala honda by Chilean author Alberto Fuguet I remember the word "bomb" being used a lot. It's obviously a slang word. I think it was only used in dialogue. I got the impression it ...
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What does the idiom “venir de maleta” mean?

While in Chile I heard the idiom venir de maleta. I was told that it means something along the lines of "to be angry," but I'm not seeing any evidence of this online. It's theoretically possible ...
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¿Es “chilote” una palabrota?

A: ¡Hola, weón! B: ¿Cómo tay, chilote? A: Toy bien y ¿vos? B: ¡Un siete, chilote! ¿Es un insulto llamar a alguien »chilote«?
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What's the most appropriate way to stop someone on the street and ask if they speak English?

I learned I can do it in following ways: ¿Disculpe, hablas tú inglés? ¿Disculpe, tú hablas inglés? ¿Disculpe, habla usted inglés? ¿Disculpe, usted habla inglés? ¿Disculpe, hablas inglés? ¿...
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Etimología de la frase popular “Hoy Canta Gardel”

En Chile, es muy frecuente oír el dicho popular "Hoy canta Gardel", aludiendo al singular artista argentino Carlos Gardel. Particularmente se utiliza como forma de mencionar el día de pago o bien ...
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“Po” for “pues” - anywhere else but Chile?

I recently met someone from Chile who used "po" as a contraction of "pues" - and said that this is common usage in Chile. Is it used anywhere else? Recientemente conocí una chilena que utiliza "po" ...
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Where does the alternate meaning for “mateo” come from?

When I was studying Spanish in college the teacher went around the room asking our names and how we had learned the language up to that point. When it came to be my turn I responded with, "Soy Mateo......