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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“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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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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“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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How prevalent is the phrase “qué padre”?

Here in Mexico, the slang phrase qué padre (or various forms such as muy padre, etc) are quite common, with the meaning "how cool". Is this just Mexican slang, or do other regions use the same ...
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How can I know if a word or phrase should be avoided due to regional variations?

Say that I want to write some blog posts or news articles in Spanish. Are there any useful resources (e.g. books, websites or guidelines) that one could use in order to write “neutral” Spanish, that ...
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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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How should I translate “he is a pain in the ass”?

When referring to someone you don't like Americans (or English speakers) often use the sentence "he is a pain the ass", the literal translation to the Spanish is es un dolor en el trasero ...
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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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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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“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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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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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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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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“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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¿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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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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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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¿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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¿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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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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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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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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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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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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¿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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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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How would a US-teenage boy address his mom?

I'm writing a novel. One of the characters is a U. S. born teenage boy (living in Texas) whose mother is Mexican. Which of the following words would be more suitable for the boy to address his mom ...
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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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¿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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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's the meaning of “Kari” in Spanish?

I am living in Málaga, Andalucia. There's a guy friend always calls me "Kari" when he starts conversations with me. He told me this use to call some kind of best friend, and it's only used in ...
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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 ...
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¿Son las palabras provenientes del caló únicamente presentes en el castellano de España?

Vi un tweet en el que se menciona el glosario de un libro, donde se explica el significado de palabras usadas coloquialmente en Madrid, España. Yendo palabra por palabra, veo que unas cuantas tienen ...
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Terminación “-atis” en lugar de “-aste” en México

La banda sonora original del juego GTA V incluye un tema interpretado por "Don Cheto" en la que el estribillo dice: ¿Por qué te tatuatis?, ¿Por qué te pintatis? refiriéndose a ¿Por qué te ...
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Meaning and origin of “te las vas a ver conmigo”

Español Oí esta frase (en Avenida Brasil) y no supe qué quiere decir en inglés: Te las vas a ver conmigo Asi que la busqué y encontré que significa I'll get even, you'll have to deal with ...
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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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Do Spanish speakers tend to be less rude, crude, and unrefined than English speakers, or are the movie subtitle translations misleading me?

I have noticed when watching movies in English with Spanish subtitles that the Spanish seems to render a "softer" version of any coarse language spoken in English. For example, "god damn it!" is ...
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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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“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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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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What is the meaning of “los trapos”?

I am currently using "The Red-Hot Book of Spanish Slang and Idioms" to supplement my Spanish language learning. It says that "los trapos" (with a literal translation of rags) means clothing in slang. ...
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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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¿Por qué “tener frito” a alguien quiere decir que esa persona está cansada, tirando a harta?

Frito es un adjetivo que se usa en distintos contextos. Por ejemplo, decimos que alguien se ha quedado frito si se ha quedado dormido profundamente (igual que quedarse roque). La expresión que me ...
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Significado y gramática de “niñas bien”

Hace poco he visto la publicidad de un jabón de uso vaginal que dice ser "el de las niñas bien". La entonación del anuncio es claramente mexicana. Yo soy chileno y hace mucho tiempo había escuchado ...
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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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Using “amigui” instead of “amigo”: Bien grax amigui

A friend (woman) originating from Honduras asked me via mobile message how I was doing, to which I answered: Muy bien, y tu? Her answer: Bien grax amigui que tengas un dia muy bonita! grax ...
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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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If someone does something interesting I might say that it is “cool”. How does this translate to Spanish?

In English I'll say things like "that's cool" or "it would be cool to...". I've heard the phrase "qué padre" but is that only for Mexico? Is there something that is more general?