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Argentine slang 're'

In Argentina I often hear the word (or prefix?) 're' meaning 'very/real/really' Some examples are: La prueba fue re difícil La película era re chota Estoy re bien Is 're' an ...
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Why isn't sunrise “Entrada del Sol”?

"Salida del Sol" is sunrise - but doesn't that literally mean "Exit of the Sun"? Why isn't sunrise "Entrada del Sol" instead?
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Cuál es el significado de la expresión ¨A pesar de ser bonito, nunca dormí en el palito¨?

Escuchando ¨Nos volveremos a ver¨ de Andrés Calamaro, una frase me resulta curiosa: ¨A pesar de ser bonito, nunca dormí en el palito¨. He buscado por foros de internet el significado de dicha ...
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Meaning and connotations of “gringo”

In the US, "gringo" is usually understood as a disparaging reference to a foreigner (see the Merriam-Webster definition). What exactly does gringo mean in Spanish? Is it neutral, or does it have ...
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I wouldn't know

Could somebody explain the sentence "I wouldn't know"? What would be a Spanish equivalent word/expression, especially in a context similar to this: 'Do you do this every year? I wouldn't know' - ...
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Use of “x” instead of “ch” in internetslang

Spanish people tend to use "x" instead of "ch" in internet language, for example: "mandixo" = me han dicho "noxe" = noche "muxo" = mucho Why do they do that? Is it only because of save ...
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Traducción para “herding cats”

"Herding cats" es una expresión idiomática que se usa para expresar lo difícil, caótico o frustrante de tratar de traer orden donde parece que las cosas no quieran tenerlo. "Herding Cats: a ...
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What does “100tifiko” mean?

I keep seeing the phrase yo k se, no soy 100tifiko on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube comments. I understand what means yo que se, no soy ... It could be something like I don't know, I am not ..., but I ...
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What does “Dale calor primo” mean?

I have heard this expression sometimes. For instance, when two friends are going to play something, first one says to the second: "Dale calor primo!". What does it mean? Thanks in advance.
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Is there Spanish verb equivalent of the phrase “was like” in place of “said”?

In colloquial English, the verb "like" is often paired with the past forms of be, "was" or "were", to describe mainly words said or actions done in the past. Examples: When we drove past, she was ...
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Origen y uso de la frase “Para más inri”

Acabo de leer en un diario español la frase "para más inri", y según el diccionario on-line que ofrecen, significa "por si fuera poco". Yo nunca había leído ni escuchado tal frase. Mi pregunta ...
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¿Por qué los valientes tienen “los huevos cuadrados”?

Es fácil entender la asociación de los órganos sexuales masculinos con el valor. Así, si queremos decir que alguien es muy valiente podemos decir coloquialmente que tiene los "huevos" (o cojones) ...
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Usos de la palabra “papichulo”

Debido a la inclusión de la palabra papichulo en el nuevo diccionario de la RAE, mi pregunta es muy sencilla: ¿Qué significados y usos tiene la palabra papichulo? Sé que el diccionario recoge el ...
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¿Cuál es la historia de la palabra “chilango”?

En México se utiliza el término "chilango" para referirse a las personas originarias del Distrito Federal. ¿Cuál es la historia de la palabra "chilango"? ¿De dónde se origina?
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¿Por qué las furgonetas de la policía se llaman “lecheras” en España?

En España llamamos a las furgonetas de la policía "lecheras". ¿Alguien sabe por qué?
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¿Por qué a la policía se le llama “madera”?

En España llamamos madera al cuerpo de policía y maderos a los individuos que la integran. Alguien conoce el origen?
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What is the difference between “claro” and “claro que sí”?

Cual es la diferencia entre "claro" y "claro que sí"? Are they like "yeah" and "yes, indeed!" or "sure" and "you bet!"? - IOW, is the longer one more emphatic, or are they simply synonymous? Is any ...
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What is a more sensible way to translate “The Kid”?

In "The Luck of Roaring Camp" by Bret Harte, the translator translated "The Kid" (one of the things the miners called a baby, in addition to "Stumpy's Boy" and "d---d little cuss") as "el corderito." ...
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Traducción de “Deal with it”

¿Cuáles serían las traducciones para la expresión Deal with it? También pregunto traducciones que sean coloquiales, propias de cada país.
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(Why) are mariachis considered wimpy (or are they (not))?

"Ser [muy] mariachi" means, according to "Smart Spanish for Tontos Americanos", "To be a wimp." Why? Is Mariachi music considered like "elevator music" or what?
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Why does “every eight days” mean once a week?

Mi amigo Bert, who grew up in Mexico, told me last night that he's never understood why the expression "cada ocho dias" (every 8 days) means once a week. My theory is that if you "count both ends" ...
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What would be the Spanish equivalent of noreply@emailaddress.com?

As a software developer, I've always wondered whether it was universal to use noreply@something.com for every language when sending emails to denote that an email reply would get no response, or ...
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¿Cuando se puede decir que un chisme es un “chisme de lavadero”?

Quiero saber que es lo que hace a un chisme que sea "de lavadero" La RAE da estas acepciones: chisme. (Quizá del lat. cimex, chinche). 1. m. Noticia verdadera o falsa, o comentario con que ...
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Is “Abue” both grandfather AND grandmother?

I know that "grandfather" is "Abuelo" in Spanish and that "grandmother" is "Abuela" in Spanish. I heard a youngster refer to his grandfather as "Abue" (OB-way); I guess this is something like ...
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How to properly write “deplano”?

There's a popular (and probably exclusively) guatemalan expression: deplano or de plano; meaning probably or surely, analogue to seguramente. Example (provided for completion purposes): -¿Dónde ...
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¿En qué paises aplica la acepción anatómica de “pito”?

En el DRAE: Pito m. coloq. pene. Esta acepción es conocida en Argentina, pero por lo que me dijeron, no es universal, ni siquiera en Sudamérica. ¿Alguien sabe a qué países aplica y a ...
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What does “no te pases” mean?

I've been learning Spanish for three months and, in order to train my hearing skill, I've recently started to watch a cooking channel on YouTube (in Spanish, of course). One phrase that I hear very ...
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Equivalent of “doch” (German) or “jo” (Norwegian) in Spanish dialects

English There's a very useful word in German, Norwegian and other languages that's used to respond to negative questions in a way that the contrary of the question is expressed. Example: - Hast ...
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Cómo decir la expresión «difficult cookie to crumble» en español

¿Cuál sería una expresion equivalente en español de la expresión anglófona difficult cookie to crumble?
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¿Cuál es el análisis gramatical de “¿Cómo me le va?”?

Vivo en Colombia y con cierta frecuencia escucho la pregunta "¿Cómo me le va?" pero nadie me puede explicar por qué usa "me" en este caso. ¿Esta frase tiene aluna explicación gramatical? ¿Por qué no ...
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Fireworks en español

Me interesa saber en que forma puedo traducir esta palabra porque sé que está "Cohete" muy formal además de "Pirotecnia" y "Fuegos artificiales" que son demasiado técnicas. Estoy interesado en saber ...
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Is the “low number estimate-to-high number estimate” colloquialism/phraseology unknown in Spanish?

In "The Grapes of Wrath," the estimate "fifty-sixty" is translated into Spanish (in "Las Uvas de la Ira") as "cincuenta y seis" (56). Apparently the translator thought "fifty-sixty" was a typo (that ...
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What does “chepa” mean in Nicaraguan Spanish?

What does the word chepa mean when used to refer to a person in Nicaraguan Spanish? What are some examples of how it is used?
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¿Debo utilizar «decirle» o «decirles»?

Estoy redactando un documento de adiestramiento y me encuentro con una duda sobre el uso de esta palabra. La oración es la siguiente: La idea es decirle a los integrantes qué se les va a presentar ...
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What are the origins of the demonym “pinolero”? / Orígenes del término «pinolero»

While researching a little bit about Nicaragua for my Spanish class presentation, I became curious as to why there is no good explanation for the origins of the word “pinolero” Nicaraguans sometimes ...
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Insultos blandos pero coloridos

Tengo una gran colección de novelas juveniles ilustradas en formato de comic (Dickens, Dumas, Salgari, Twain, Verne, etc.) Tienen unos 40 años y el texto está escrito en Barcelona (creia que eran ...
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¿Cuál es el significado de la expresión “mala copa”?

¿Cuál es el significado de la expresión "mala copa"? Ejemplo: Anoche en la fiesta, Juan andaba de mala copa.
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What's the meaning of “Te la bañaste” expression?

What's the meaning of the popular mexican expression "Te (la) bañaste", "Se (la) bañó"?. What's the origin? Examples: 1. A: El profesor de matemáticas nos encargó, el día de hoy, resolver ...
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'Controlar' en lenguaje formal

En el Metro de Madrid, así como en otros lugares en España, aconsejan al usuario por megafonía que "Controle sus pertenencias en todo momento, por su seguridad." Me da la impresión de que Controlar, ...
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Internet Chat laughter in Spanish

In English we tend to use: lol = laughing out loud; rofl = rolling on the floor laughing; lmao = laughing my a** off; roflmao = rolling on the floor laughing my a** off. These are just some of the ...
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What is the intended meaning of “maría” in this news article?

While reading an article in El País, I saw this in the last sentence in the 4th paragraph (emphasis mine): “La Religión, según esos acuerdos, no puede ser considerada una maría, y debe tener el ...
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Recurso literario para convertir “Me explico” en “Mesplico”

Me sale naturalmente juntar ambas palabras. ¿Existe algun recurso literario que valide esta forma de expresion? "Me explico" -> "Mesplico"
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Ways used to refer to another person? [closed]

English Ways used to refer to another person besides the following: Huevon Chavon Chavo Loco Tio Chico Compadre Could somebody point where and how each word could be used ...
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Proper response to ¿Qué onda?

In parts of the Spanish-speaking world, "¿Qué onda?" is used to ask something along the lines of "What's up?". What are the possible responses to this question? Should it be answered with a bien/mal, ...
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Translation of “bloody” etc. for frustration (colloquialisms)

A random question, In English I use words like 'bloody', 'damn', 'darn', 'blimmin', 'bleedin', 'freaking', to express frustration without using harsh swear words. (Ok maybe 'freaking' is just a spin ...
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What's the meaning of “me choca” expression?

What's the meaning of the mexican expression "me choca"? Is it used in any other regions? Examples: Me choca que cuando estoy dormido suene el teléfono y me despierte. Me choca tener que ...
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How regional or widespread are the colloquial “pa” / “pa'” in place of “para”?

In Mexico I sometimes heard or saw the colloquial variant pa' or pa used for para. But is this just a Mexicanism, also used in Central America, all Latin America, or even in Spain?
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What's the origin of the word “chido”?

What's the origin of the word "chido"? When did it become popular in Mexico? Examples: Qué chido esta tu carro. Estaría bien chido si ganara la lotería. RAE: chido, da. adj. ...
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Is there a colloquial Spanish equivalent for “to get it” in the sense of grasping a concept?

I was just writing in our chat room that I didn't "get" what one of the other questions was trying to ask. But I was writing in the chat room in Spanish and realized I didn't know how to say "get" in ...