I talked to someone from Mexico and when I was talking to him about my trip he said in reply:

Qué suave

I asked my Mexican friends what it meant and they said it's like "cool" but they didn't know in what era it was used.

Could anyone tell me?

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    In Cuba we said suave in the same context as cool or when something is easy to do Jan 13, 2014 at 5:16
  • Back in the '60's it was quite popular to say.
    – user13739
    Sep 22, 2016 at 16:00

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As a Native mexican, I can tell you from my personal experience that it was more common to use that expression on the 80's/90's than it is nowadays, as it sounds kinda outdated. But it's much older than that.

For example there's the movie "Fíjate qué suave" from 1947, featuring the comedian Manolín, which used "Fíjate qué suave" as his catchphrase even before before the movie.

  • In this days, the preferred slang is "qué chido" es.wiktionary.org/wiki/chido Jan 16, 2014 at 10:27
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    @FernandoGarcía True, however even the use of qué chido is tricky, as the acceptance of the phrase is dependent on your social group, and it could also sound kinda outdated for some younger people. And of course there's also the vulgar equivalent qué chingón
    – DarkAjax
    Jan 16, 2014 at 19:27

It was common in the '70s when I came to New Mexico. Still hear us Seasoned Folks using it.

Kind of the same thing as 'Que Sapo' as pronounced in a drawn-out fashion. My father-in-law said as a kid somehow someone had a decorative or toy frog. Instead of having electronics, kids would pitch/toss pinon (nuts) at it and if you got it in its mouth, you were teased that it wasn't 'cause you were skilful, but just lucky. Albeit you got to win the other pinon (a delicacy in NM) that had been thrown! Que Barbaro, Hombres!

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    This contribution could benefit of some editing. Also, see that the other answer has some sort of reference. I know that is not easy to provide one, but it could distinguish your contribution from being just a comment or a proper answer.
    – Diego
    Feb 11, 2020 at 22:00

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