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I had never heard this expression. Upon research I could find that the expression does not only use "venir" but also "estar", "andar", etc. Then, I found out that DRAE has a mention to it, in which it indicates that it is typical from Chile, no other countries: maleta3 m. y f. Persona que practica con torpeza o desacierto la profesión que ejerce....


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I want compliment the accepted response indicating something that is quite obvious for speakers of Spanish and therefore not specified: The idiom "andar de maleta" comes from "andar de mal humor" (or "de mala cara"). This is a rhetorical game called paronomasia in which a signifier is replaced with another very similar, in this case "mal humor" for "maleta"....


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No es un insulto. Es el gentilicio de la zona de Chiloé, un hermoso archipiélago al sur de Chile. El diálogo que transcribes claramente se desarrolla entre chilenos. Tanto weón como chilote son sólo epítetos informales, no insultos. Weón es una forma estandarizada que tenemos los chilenos para tratarnos con familiaridad (aunque a veces sí es un insulto). Y ...


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I'm Chilean and in the 80s was a teenager (and therefore used the generational expressions present in "Mala onda"). I can tell you with certainty that the term "bomb" was not used, nor used today. But, as the author of the accepted answer says, the term "bomba" was widely used in the sense of "cool". And consider that the protagonist of "Mala Onda" is a ...



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