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

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How to Quickly Determine if a Text is in Castilian or Latin-American Spanish

I am learning Spanish for use in Mexico, and not Castilian (European Spanish). I frequently run into Spanish instruction books and other texts that I would like to purchase. My question is, what are ...
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“aljibe” vs “pozo”: what's the difference?

Both seem to be words for a well or a shaft. Google Images shows similar pictures for both words. So I am confused if there really is any difference between them at all. Is it just a matter of ...
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Cempasúchitl vs maravilla

I was reading about the Day of the Dead festival in Mexico and learned that the yellow marigold flower is a central theme in its celebrations. And I also read that it's traditionally called by its ...
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What does “aha te quiero” mean? [closed]

So my girlfriend is Mexican and naturally speaks Spanish and so I see her get this message from a guy who she says is her best friend which reads "aha te quiero :* :*" I don't know Spanish very well ...
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Best ways to say “on short notice”?

I'm looking for idiomatic expressions (particularly from Mexico and other parts of Latin America) to say things like "Sorry for telling you about this at/on such short notice." ... that is, how do ...
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“Tener tiempo” vs “Llevar tiempo”

Yo aprendí (en México) decir "Tener tiempo." Ejemplos: Tengo mucho tiempo sin ir al cine. ¿Cuanto tiempo tienes sin ir al cine? (a menudo abreviado: ¿Cuanto tienes sin ir al cine?) ...
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Does “El Buscado” make sense as a loteria card?

I am designing some variations on loteria cards, and I need one that means "The Wanted" (like an outlaw). Would "El Buscado" be understood and sound correct to a Spanish speaker? "El Hombre Buscado" ...
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What words are typically used to refer to vehicles and deliniate between types of vehicles in Latin America [closed]

In the US we typically refer to our vehicles as cars, trucks, vans, SUVs and sometimes wagons (station wagons). How are vehicles typical refereed to in Latin America in every day speech.
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“Se ma ha pasado de volada” - ¿Mal dicho?

Una amiga en Mexico siempre me decía que andaba tan ocupada que el tiempo «se le habia pasado de volada». Entiendo el significado implicado pero al realizar una búsqueda en Google (Al Googlearlo ...
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De donde se origina la expresion “echar aguas”?

En programas de television, y recientemente al interactuar con la gente en mi viaje a Mexico, vi que la expresión de "echar aguas" es muy popular, al parecer solo en la cultura mexicana. De donde se ...
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Does “parientes” ever mean “parents,” or is it always “relatives”?

I have two friends who speak Spanish; in the case of one, he grew up in Mexico; in the case of the other, his parents spoke Spanish at home when he was young. They both say that "parientes" means ...
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Palabras del animal: puerco, cochi, cerdo

Hay varias palabras que he encontrado para referirse a un animal, pero no entiendo cuando se use cual. ¿Cómo se distinguen los significados de: puerco, cochi y cerdo? Pido respuestas que pertanezan ...
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How to refer to an Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary in speech?/¿Cómo referirme a una Embajadora Plenipotenciaria al hablarle?

I live in Mexico and yesterday I phoned Romania's Embassy asking for information on whether they can sell me books in Romanian (exceedingly rare here!) and how to study the university over there (I'm ...
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Does denied reported speech take the subjunctive?

If I say (in Mexican Spanish) that I did not say X, where X is information (rather than a command), does X take the subjunctive? Regarding this question, Benjamin & Butt (5th ed.) seem to ...
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“Día de Muertos” or “El Día de los Muertos”?

Which way of saying the Day of the Dead is correct: "Día de Muertos" or "El Día de los Muertos"? I am making a display of pencil boxes for this holiday, and want to be correct in my verbiage. I have ...
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Translating “by the time”

Consider the following translation: Hasta que tomé la píldora no se me quitó el dolor. Until I took the pill, the pain did not go away. Now, this Wikipedia article on Mexican Spanish says ...
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Salient features of the Norteño dialect of Mexican Spanish

What features make this dialect different from the ones spoken in the rest of Mexico? I am keen on understanding what makes a Norteño speaker stand out; i.e. pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, that ...
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Spanish dialects within Mexico

I am really curious to find out what specific features define the Spanish spoken in various parts of Mexico. Maybe not every single state but a more or less broad classification of Mexican dialects. I ...
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What does “churir” mean?

I was watching a Mexican video once, and I heard it. A co-worker of mine claims to know it's meaning, translating it to "dent", but I'm not quite sure, and I can't find any reference online. The ...
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“Que viene” vs “próximo”

I have seen the expression, “next year” translated as both “el año que viene” and “el año próximo.” Are there regional preferences? Which one is more natural and why? Which translation is particularly ...
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¿Cuál es el origen del modismo “es equis” para decir que algo no es malo ni bueno, sino “más o menos”?

Una amiga de Monterrey, México a veces dice "Ah, es equis" para decir que no le apasiona cierta cosa. Ejemplo: A: ¿Te gustan los tacos que se venden en la esquina? B: Meeh... son equis. ...
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¿Es una ofensa decir “Chale”?

A: Quiero ir a la casa de Juana a visitarla. B: ¡Chale! Vamos para allá mañana. ¿Es una ofensa decir "Chale" ?
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In what era was “que suave” used?

I talked to someone from México and when I was talking to him about my trip he said in reply " que suave" . I asked my mexican friends what it meant and they said it's like "cool" but they didn't ...
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'Le faltan tamaños'

Estaba escuchando un podcast de la BBC acerca del auge en la economia industrial en Mexico y en una parte estaban haciendo entrevistas con dueños de los tianguis en el mercado Tepito. Para los que no ...
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What do Chingón and Chinga mean?

What is the difference between Chingón and Chinga? Are they both bad words in Mexico?
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What does the word pinche mean?

What does the word pinche mean? Pinche loco! Pinche!
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Is it an insult to call someone 'cabrón'?

Is it an insult to call someone 'cabrón' in Mexico? A: Hola B: ¡Hola, cabrón!
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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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Spanish for “newspaper”

What is the difference between a periódico and a diario? If both mean exactly the same thing, which one is preferred in regular colloquial usage in Mexico vs. other Spanish-speaking countries?
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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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Origen de “mano” para denotar primero

Una expresión común en México es ¡pido mano! que quiere decir quiero ser el primero. De hecho, yo llegué a escuchar cutimano e incluso anticutimano para añadir énfasis. ¿De donde vienen estas tres ...
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Meaning of “que ni que”

What is the meaning of "que ni que?" I heard it in Mexico while conversing with a friend, when I made the comment: Solo hay una manera de saberlo, no? And the response was: Eso que ni que! ...
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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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Meaning of “Me cae gordo”

I know the meaning of the phrase "Me cae bien": I like him/her (in a strictly platonic sense), or He leaves a good impression But recently I have heard the phrase Me cae gordo (in Mexico). It's ...
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¿Cuál es la etimología de “torito”?

He leido la palabra torito con el siguiente significado, obtenido de la RAE: m. Méx. Pregunta capciosa de difícil respuesta. ¿Cuál es la etimología? ¿Tiene que ver con alguna fiesta ...
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¿Cuál es la definición de albur? Could you define “albur”?

Todos los que alguna vez hayan estado en México —y quizá en otros paises donde se practique el albur— saben que la definición que da RAE para la palabra "albur" es paupérrima: m. Méx. y R. Dom. ...
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What is the gender of adjectives that describe implied nouns?

I went to a Mexican restaurant and this is how my conversation went: Yo: Quiero un vaso de agua de sandía. Camarera: ¿Chica o Grande? Yo: Chica. Why did the waitress use "chica" ...
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Significados de “ay ay” en México

¿Cuáles son los significados de "ay ay" en México?, por ejemplo: A: Me compré un carro nuevo, mira. B: Ay (sí), ay (sí). Para este caso, generalmente usan esta imagen en las redes sociales: ...
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How do you say “carpet” in Mexican Spanish?

The carpet I am referring to is a large cloth that spans the entire room. It is not an area rug. I have a Mexican contractor that is renovating my house. When referring to carpet, I always say to ...
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Definition of “burris”

What is the meaning of burris? RAE and Google are no help. It seems to be a very slang term, and from context it relates to humor or sarcasm. It may be a Mexican term.
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How do you introduce yourself on the phone?

In United States, a telephone conversation usually starts like this. Me: [Calls John] John: Hello. Me: Hi, John. It's Joe. This is between 2 people that are familiar with each other, ...
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¿Qué significa “a poco”?

¿Qué significa la expresión "a poco" usada en México? Por ejemplo: ¿A poco? ¿A poco sí?/¿A poco no? ¿A poco no has hecho la tarea?
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¿Qué significa la expresión “echar toda la carne al asador”?

¿Qué significa la expresión "echar toda la carne al asador"? Esta frase la he escuchado en México.
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¿Qué significa “sacalepuntas” en México?

He oido esta expresión en México. Por ejemplo: Jorge anda muy sacalepuntas. ¿Cuál es su signficado? ¿Por qué?
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Meaning of “andar de vago(a)”

I have heard this phrase, and several similar around the word "vago", but I don't really understand what it means. The word "vago" seems to translate directly to "vague"... But what does this sort of ...
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Does “Prima” have a double-meaning (in Mexico)?

I recently saw this billboard in León, Guanajuato, México: [Sorry for the awkward placement of the light pole in the photo; I was driving when I snapped it.] The sign is an advertisement for ...
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¿Cuál es el significado de “órale” y su origen?

La palabra "órale" es usada frecuentemente en México en situaciones informales. ¿Cuál es su significado y origen?
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¿Qué origen tiene la expresión “ya te cargó el payaso”?

Entiendo que "ya te cargó el payaso" expresa fracaso total, problemas que no pueden ser resueltos, etc. ¿Qué orígen tiene esta expresión? ¿Es lenguaje no ofensivo?
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¿Qué significa “jalar” en México?

¿Cuál es el significado de "jalar" para cada uno de estos ejemplos? A pesar de que esta televisión la compré apenas el año pasado, ya no jala. Ya no estés de ocioso, ¡ponte a jalar! ...
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Definición de “pistear”

Hoy alguien usó la palabra pistear conmigo, en el contexto de una fiesta, o bebiendo. No puedo encontrar una definición relevante. DRAE tiene dos definiciones regionales: tr. El Salv. Pagar ...