A friend of mine who is from Barcelona often uses a word, which sounds like "shtrass" (I suppose it might be spelled estrás, but it don't find anything related on Google except a type of a stone). He uses it to express things like "incredible", "wow", "Oh my God", so a sort of an exclamation. Which word might it be?

  • Do you ever ask your friend to write down a word he just said? (By carrying a bit of paper and a stub of pencil in your pocket?) Apr 29, 2019 at 23:15
  • @aparente001 indeed I use an notes app for this, but I didn't want to ask for this specific word for some reasons.
    – Liglo App
    Apr 29, 2019 at 23:44

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I suspect the word you are looking for is


Which translates as oysters.

As indicated by the official language:

Eufem. por hostias.

  1. interj. coloq. U. para expresar disgusto, asombro, etc.

Del lat. hostia 'víctima de un sacrificio'.

hostia, u hostias
1. interjs. malsons. Denotan sorpresa, asombro, admiración, etc.

That is, ostras is an interjection to show annoyance, surprise and many other things. The funny thing is that it is used instead of hostias (communion bread), which is an interjection marked by the dictionary as rude ('malsonante').

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    That's great. I thought OP was going for the German Strasse! Apr 29, 2019 at 23:14

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