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"haber cuéntame" = "so, tell me". Why is it translated like this?

It is not "haber, cuéntame", but "a ver, cuéntame". The meaning of a ver is expr. U. para pedir algo que se quiere reconocer o ver. i.e., it is used to ask to be shown or told ...
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¿En qué países la palabra "coger" tiene connotaciones sexuales?

De acuerdo a Wikipedia, salen 25 países de habla hispana. Con lo que cada uno aporte, podemos actualizar esta lista, porque no sé si va a ser posible que una sola persona aporte una lista completa. ...
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What's that funny "illo" I keep hearing in Southern Spain?

Indeed, if you came to live to Southern Spain (the Andalusian region), probably you'll be hearing that word a lot, depending on the city you are living in. You may hear it more often in Sevilla, but ...
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What does "pa k kieres saber eso jaja saludos" mean?

Written with normal spelling, it reads as follows: ¿Para qué quieres saber eso? Jaja. Saludos. In other words: Whither dost thou want to know that? Ha. Farewell. Okay, that's a bit formal. ...
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Is there a Spanish word for "Tada!"?

For these cases in Spain we normally say... (hover over the block text to see it!) You may hear it with a very long "a", as in "Tacháááááááán". Since it is an onomatopoeia, it is not included in the ...
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What does "100tifiko" mean?

100 is cien cien + tífiko should be slang for científico which is scientist So something like I am not a scientist...
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Are there any more informal ways of saying "thanks" than "gracias"?

I think that gracias is the most basic, standard way to say thank you in Spanish. If you want more options, you have to seek upwards: Muchas gracias (thanks a lot). Muchísimas gracias (thank you very ...
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Equivalent expression for "straw that broke the camel's back"?

The most similar I can think of in Spanish would be La gota que colma el vaso The verb colmar (overfill) means Llenar una medida, un cajón, un cesto, etc., de modo que lo que se echa en ellos ...
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What is the meaning of "Ya con hotra y como se yama mijo"?

The phrase is lacking punctuation and has multiple spelling mistakes that make it difficult to figure out. Fixing those you get something like: ¿Ya con otra? ¿Y cómo se llama, mi hijo? Which can ...
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Traducción de "Deal with it"

Yo usaría Aguántate. Te aguantas. La que mejor creo que se adapta es: Vive con ello. o también puedes probar Supéralo. (no en el sentido de hazlo mejor, si no sobreponte).
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What is roughly equivalent to aka?

At least in Argentina: alias, también conocido como, comúnmente nombrado and comúnmente conocido como are pretty similar. For example, "Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock" could be "Dwayne Johnson, alias ...
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What are the origin, meaning and connotations of "gringo" in Spanish?

English with Original Quotes in Spanish (Answer with quotes translated below) The overwhelming evidence is that gringo originated in Spain in the 1700s or earlier from griego, ‘Greek’, in the sense ...
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¿Cómo se deben escribir en español las palabras que se escriben acortadas para simular el habla?

Dado que se trata de apócopes, parece que lo correcto sería decir: Y to pa na. Según la Ortografía de la RAE 2010, en su sección de apóstrofo: Se empleaba para indicar la omisión o elisión de ...
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Where does the expression "no hay tu tía" come from?

It is a very popular and common misunderstanding. The word originally was tutía or atutía: atutía Del ár. hisp. attutíyya, este del ár. clás. tūtiyā['], y este del sánscr. tuttha. f. ...
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Usage of the word "hijo" with non-family members

It's not unusual in certain dialects of English for people to use son or child affectionately to people under their care/whom they have some degree of authority over who aren't their actual child. See ...
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Where does the expression "no hay tu tía" come from?

You won't find that in the DLE under tía, but under tutía. The tutía or atutía was a healing salve used in ancient times, so no hay tutía means there is no remedy for that. Of course, tutía came in ...
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Is "Probecita/o" a "sloppy" way of saying "Pobrecita/a"?

Is it common for less-educated (or younger) ones to pronounce "pobrecita/a" as "probecita/o"? Yes, it is. In the late nineties there was even a summer hit called "Miguel Canales (Probe Miguel)" by ...
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Traducción de "Deal with it"

Todas las respuestas (y está también) son similares, añado tres: Dos extraídas de wordreference: Acéptalo. Apechuga Para casos como If you don't like it deal with it sería: ajo y agua loc. col. ...
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What does "no te pases" mean?

It can be translated as don't go too far. It stands for pasarse de la raya (the raya would be that proverbial line that separates what is okay and sensible from what is not) Esa tarta de chocolate ...
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¿Por qué a la policía en España se le llama "madera"?

Se les dice maderos (o se dice que la policía es la madera) por el color marrón de ciertos uniformes pre-1986. Se opta por un cambio radical en los colores con respecto al tradicional gris de la ...
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What is the origin of "dar a luz", referring to giving birth?

The use of the idiomatic phrase dar a luz to mean not just “bring to light” in general but by extension more specifically “give birth to” has its origin in providing a softer euphemism for human birth ...
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¿Por qué "milonga" indica un engaño o cuento?

Hay una relación entre "inventar historias, narrar falsedades" y la composición o ejecución musical libre e improvisada. En el ámbito rural argentino a esto último se le llama payada y solía ...
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¿Cuál es el origen de la palabra "gayumbos"?

Se trata de una palabra relativamente reciente, cuyo origen no está del todo claro. De hecho se añadió en 2005 en el Diccionario del argot español (link en versión PDF). La RAE, por su parte, no es ...
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¿Es correcto decir "trolear" en castellano?

Desde la versión 23.4 del DLE (publicada en noviembre de 2020), esta acepción ya aparece: trolear Del ingl. to troll y -ear. 1. tr. En foros de internet y redes sociales, publicar mensajes ...
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What does "mae" mean? Is it only specific to Costa Rica?

As a Costa Rican myself, I can tell you that it actually isn't pronounced as "my", it's similar, but you are missing the last "e". Mae is used in all kinds of situations it can express anger: Mae, ...
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What is the difference between "claro" and "claro que sí"?

Claro has the same meaning as Por supuesto. Claro can mean either Claro que sí or Claro que no, so the is no difference between claro and claro que sí, expect that one is shorthand for the other. ...
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Is "Que tan?" slang for "How are you?"

The correct term is: ¿qué tal? This a very used term when you already said something: hola, ¿qué tal?; buenas tardes, ¿qué tal? etc.
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¿Por qué las furgonetas de la policía se llaman "lecheras" en España?

Porque leche es una manera coloquial de decir torta o porrazo. Del DRAE Leche f. vulg. Trastazo, porrazo. Se dio una leche con el coche f. vulg. bofetada (‖ golpe con la mano abierta). Si ...
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¿Por qué los valientes tienen "los huevos cuadrados"?

No se refiere a la forma, sino a que "los tiene bien puestos" o "en su sitio". Cuando algo encaja bien en algún lugar, se dice que "cuadra perfectamente", pues es fácil que algo de forma cuadrada ...

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