The use of informal words and expressions that are not considered standard in the speaker's language or dialect but are considered more acceptable when used socially.

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Traducción: “America or burst”

No sé a santo de qué ha venido hace poco a mi memoria el recuerdo de la serie Perfect Strangers (titulada Primos Lejanos en España). Aún recuerdo como de pequeño, al ver los títulos de crédito, me ...
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¡Vete a freír espárragos!

¿Cuál es el origen de la siguiente expresión? ¡Vete a freír espárragos! Sé que es una versión suavizada de ¡vete al diablo! pero su origen no lo conozco.
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How widespread is the use of “hais” instead of the correct “habeis”

After living in Andalucia, Spain, for a number of years I realised my use of "hais" for the second person informal plural (vosotros) of haber instead of "habeis" is incorrect. I don't know where I ...
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Significado de “tener una paja para la vida”

En una página de Facebook, La gente anda diciendo, se divulgan frases divertidas o interesantes que se escuchan por la calle. Una de esas frases me capturó la atención: "Son dos polos opuestos. ...
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What does “You are sympa” mean?

Is "sympa" just an abbreviation of "sympatico"? Or is there another connotation to it? http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=sympatico I have heard it addressed directly to me, but also ...
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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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Is “síguenos” a real Spanish word?

The word "síguenos" does not appear in most of the major online English-Spanish dictionaries that I use such as Spanishdict.com. I only found one entry about it in a texting dictionary. The word looks ...
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“Que tan?” slang for “How are you?”

I'm english and I'm starting to learn Spanish on my own. My boss is fluent in Spanish and she sometimes says to me in the morning, Buenas días, que tan? Or something similar along those lines. She ...
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Any song or poem that plays with sounds and letters? [closed]

I love songs like Efectos Vocales, or poems like La gamba Calatrava, that play with sounds. In both examples, they only use a single vowel for the entire song/poem. Another example (though in english) ...
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Meaning of “Cueros de rana.”

Most of the Spanish I learn is of the Mexican slang variety but I'm not sure I quite understand this one. Can anyone explain the meaning/origin or contextual usage of "Cueros de rana?" I am told ...
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What does “pesas un huevo” mean?

I am trying to figure out what pesas un huevo means. I know that huevos sometimes translates to testicles, so is this sexual/vulgar?
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Is «verga» a word I should avoid in polite company?

Wiktionary mentions that «verga» can be a vulgar term for an erect penis. It mentions this along with several other definitions. RAE mentions the vulgar term as the first definition, then lists half ...
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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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Awesome or Sweet

I'm looking for a Latin American (including US speakers from latin american backgrounds) Spanish translation of the phrase "awesome" or "sweet". For context, sweet is generally used upon encountering ...
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“old car” slang [closed]

A friend from El Salvador reckoned an old car (i.e. one that's been around the block) is called una dama vivida, but I can't find any other reference to this. Does anyone know the slang for old car? ...
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La expresión ¿ke lo ke? [duplicate]

En República Dominicana se usa la expresión ¿ke lo ke? Me gustaría saber de donde vino esta expresión. Parece que deriva del francés.
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Meaning of this sentence [closed]

What does it mean: "Pero teneis tema q t kemas o no?" I received this message from a person that lives in Basque country, but I see there some spanish word. I don't understand anyway...
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¿Cuál es el origen de 'guácala'?

Según tengo entendido, la palabra guácala se usa para expresar asco: ¡Guácala! Hallaron partículas de excremento en agua mineral. ¿De dónde viene esa palabra? ¿Qué es su origen?
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“Bad” words in good phrases - how socially acceptable are they

I've heard two expressions which at first I thought were kind of offensive, because of the specific words in them: Mucha mierda! de puta madre It turns out both are actually nice things to ...
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“Se me ha pasado de volada” - ¿Mal dicho?

Una amiga en México siempre me decía que andaba tan ocupada que el tiempo «se le había pasado de volada». Entiendo el significado implicado pero al realizar una búsqueda en Google (Al Googlearlo ...
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Es Chamo usado en otros países aparte de Venezuela?

Yo crecí en Venezuela y siempre usaba la palabra Chamo. Pero no he escuchado en ningún otro país en donde usan la palabra. Me pregunto si hay en otros lados donde la usan.
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¿Cómo darme cuenta si alguien me esta albureando?

Tengo una idea de lo que es el albur, pero aún batallo mucho con saber si alguien me esta albureando. ¿Cómo puedo darme cuenta si una persona me esta albureando? ¿Cuáles son las maneras más comunes ...
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¿Cuál es el orígen de “en lo que cabe” o “dentro de lo que cabe”?

En lo que cabe o dentro de lo que cabe son locuciones que pueden ser reemplazadas por esencialemnte y otros adverbios: – ¿Cómo está tu marido, después del accidente? – Bien, dentro de lo que ...
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¿Como se traduciría el término “edgy as fuck” al español?

He leído mucho este término en muchos foros de discusión en ingles, quisiera saber si saben que término en español podría ser un buen equivalente a este. Ojo, en los foros lo utilizar con su acepción ...
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What does “nano” mean in Spain?

What does "nano" mean in Spain? Is it an offense to call somebody "nano"? Somebody in Spain called me "nano" and I don't know what it means. Hola, nano, que tal todo?
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¿Qué significa “dar el coñazo”?

Una señora española exclamó: ¡Ay, ya estoy dando el coñazo! Entiendo lo que significa la palabra coño, tanto literalmente como la interjección (y no creo que se refiera a la primera ...
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Significado de “alta llanta” en Argentina

Viendo este video de Capusotto, supongo que "alta llanta" es un término común en Argentina. ¿Qué significa?
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Significado de “chingaquedito”

Como muchos saben, chingar, en cierto contexto, significa molestar. Por otro lado quedito es quedo (con tiento, poco a poco). ¿Qué significa chingaquedito? Una persona que molesta de manera ...
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What does “tu lk” mean?

tu lk I received this text in Nicaraguan texting, can anyone tell me what it means? I checked with several online sources however could not find any definition for this texting.
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“Sketchy” in Spanish

How would I describe something as "sketchy" in Spanish? In Spain I was told that the closest thing was "perro y fluta" referring to how the homeless have dogs and play flutes, but that didn't seem to ...
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How to translate “News Junkie” to Spanish?

Does anyone know what would be the right translation of the term "news junkie" to Spanish? Or a term which better fits as most used translation for it?
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What does “parce” mean?

I'm not from Colombia but I have some Colombian colleagues. I wonder, what does "parce" means? They use it quite like a word that can be substituted by "compadre", or in English, "dude", "man", ...
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“Chinga” - common slang? Origin?

I've heard the Spanish slang word "chinga" used in several popular movies/tv shows, as well as by other Spanish speakers, as the English word "f*ck". My friend denies the notion, saying "chinga" is ...
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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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“Antier” para expresar el día anterior a ayer

Hace unos días mientras me encontraba cambiando de canal en la televisión por cable, escuche una conversación de una pelicula americana doblada al español. Dos personas estaban en un bar conversando. ...
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¿Qué significa “tuanis”?

¿Cuál es el significado de la palabra tuanis? ¿Se escribe tuani o tuanis? ¿En cuáles regiones se usa? Y, ¿es una palabra muy informal, o se puede usarla en otros contextos también?
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What does “que lo que” mean?

Whenever I talk to a friend (Dominican I believe) via chat like Gtalk, he always starts the conversation with: klk I did some research about that and found that, in fact, it comes from the ...
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Connotations of “mortal” (slang)

What does the Spanish word mortal mean when used as slang? Does it have a positive or negative connotation towards the thing being described?
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What's the meaning of the Mexican expression “se te va el avión”?

Example: Te lo dije tres veces y de todos modos no lo hiciste. A ti ya se te va el avión. ¿No te acordaste de tu cumpleaños? La verdad es que a ti ya se te va el avión. What does it mean? ...
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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 ...
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Is there a translation for “cougar”?

I mean cougar as in a middle-aged woman seeking a romantic relationship with a younger man. I know the term asaltacunas, but this applies to both men and women, so I would like to know if there is a ...
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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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What does the slang “cerote” mean?

I know this is a slang expression from Central American people. I don't remember the context but it was something like: Eres un cerote! (from a pretty angry girl) I'm pretty sure it doesn't mean ...
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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 ...
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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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Origin of the mexican expression “güey/buey”

The common Mexican informal expression "güey/buey" (written as "wey" in text). Where did it come from? Since when did it become a common expression? Examples: A que güey estás. (You are so ...
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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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How did the words “mataburros” and “tumbaburros” come to mean “dictionary”?

The recent question about irregular plurals led me to a couple of odd and interesting words that apparently mean "dictionary" in at least one sense each: mataburros tumbaburros The connection ...
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“Bueno” as hello or greeting?

In the US State I live in, I sometimes hear Spanish speakers greet one another by simply staying "Bueno". I didn't hear this when I was recently in Mexico, although I realize I may just have not ...
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How widespread was (or is) the phrase “La mamá de Tarzán”?

I came across the phrase "La mamá de Tarzán" when reading Los años con Laura Díaz by top Mexican author Carlos Fuentes. The part of the book was set in the early part of the 20th century if I recall ...