I was text-chatting to a Spanish-speaking colleague on MS Teams and we both said almost the same thing at the same time - as a British person, my reaction was to say "Snap!" - it's a tradition to say it when you both say the same thing at the same time. I think it's popular in the UK and Australia and New Zealand, and in the US people say "Jinx!" when this happens. I wondered if there is an equivalent in Spanish?

This page explains the English usage of "Snap" and "Jinx": https://separatedbyacommonlanguage.blogspot.com/2006/10/jinx-and-snap.html


Speaking from Madrid, Spain: This is only normal among children. My kids say "¡Chispas!". We said something completely different when I was a child, but I can't remember now!

  • Do they also get muted until somebody else says their names? If not it doesn't apply Aug 12 '21 at 20:38
  • Hmmm... I need t check my sources.
    – aerobiomat
    Aug 13 '21 at 9:19
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    In the Castillian Spanish version of Frozen this is the word they use in the translation for the "Love is an open door" song. I have heard it used also in another movie, but I can't remember which one.
    – Charlie
    Aug 13 '21 at 9:53
  • @SergioVelasquez the muting rule does not apply to the use of snap in the UK. We just say it and move on.
    – mdewey
    Aug 13 '21 at 12:55

In Colombia you say : "Enchiclado" and it does have the same rules as the UK tradition.

  • ¿Dónde? Nunca lo escuché. ¡Qué curioso! :) Aug 12 '21 at 20:37
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    Lo he escuchado en San Diego también.
    – Dúthomhas
    Aug 13 '21 at 6:06
  • En Colombia? nunca lo he escuchado
    – alvalongo
    Aug 17 '21 at 22:51
  • Nunca no lo he escuchado, ¿qué hay de "matamos un diablo" o "diga un color"? Sep 1 '21 at 5:20

In Málaga, in the South of Spain, back in the 80s, we used "chispita!"

  • Also with the same traditional rules as being "jinxed"? Aug 12 '21 at 20:39
  • @SergioVelasquez Yes. You seem annoyed because we are not backing your first comment (now removed) up. I don't know about Colombia or the rest of Spain, that's why I have been so precised about the location.
    – RubioRic
    Aug 13 '21 at 5:38
  • @SergioVelasquez I am also from Málaga and I never heard about muting until someone said your name. Just the "chispitas" word and life continues as usual :)
    – Miguel
    Aug 13 '21 at 10:38
  • @Miguel Maybe they don't have explained it to you ever. I've just questioned a younger colleague about it and they have the same word and the same rules in his school here in Málaga.
    – RubioRic
    Aug 13 '21 at 10:41
  • In the UK snap does not involve muting. You just say it and move on.
    – mdewey
    Aug 13 '21 at 12:56

In Colombia we usually say: ¡"Embrujado"! We used the term "Embrujado" when I was a child, which was in the time of the 2000s onwards, I lived part of my childhood in Cali - Colombia and Ureña - Venezuela, there we also used that term

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    There is another Colombian answer, maybe you should indicate in which part of Colombia because they differ.
    – RubioRic
    Aug 14 '21 at 6:48
  • The truth is, I never heard the term that is above. We used the term "Embrujado" when I was a child, which was in the time of the 2000s onwards, I lived part of my childhood in Cali - Colombia and Ureña - Venezuela, there we also used that term... But I would not know how to answer why it differs... @RubioRic
    – alentin
    Aug 17 '21 at 15:54
  • I didn't mean that you have to explain why they differ but that you should edit your answer to specify those locations. I know that in different locations, we use different words, that's why I have tried to be more accurate in my answer pointing my city and not just my country.
    – RubioRic
    Aug 17 '21 at 15:59
  • Ok, Fine @RubioRic
    – alentin
    Aug 17 '21 at 16:04

In Argentina in the 90s we would say '¡Congelado!'. Same rules as Jinxed, from what I'm reading.

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    Or, also in Argentina, we would play to Guli guli, tres piñas. Kinda the same, a little more physical, though
    – jmm
    Aug 13 '21 at 18:14
  • I remember the 3 piñas thing but I've never heard someone say "congelado"
    – Alvaro
    Aug 13 '21 at 22:03

In Catalonia, north-east of Spain, we said "Bis bis!" back in the 80's-90's.

  • Same in the Basque Country in the 2000s.
    – Asier R.
    Aug 31 '21 at 12:43

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