SLANG in SPANISH
Curious about slang in Spanish, wondering about popular & fun expressions??
Yup it’s all about SLANG in today’s Spanish Section. ENJOYNESS MUCH!!(DISCLAIMER : As always I apologize for any misspellings as my skills in that department suck. Especially accents so I’m not even gonna try & mess with that =P . Also this is a Mexican culture blog, so the slang I will be covering is of course Mexican Spanish)
Andale! = An exclamation which can mean OMG!/ Incredible!/ You don’t say!
Andale literally means “go ahead”. You can use it in this way to say : hurry up, Or to encourage someone who is unsure.
Example: “Did you hear that Susie just broke up with Steve?” “Andale!” / “Didn’t I tell you to bring me some water?!” “Andale!” / “Girl I like the new guy, but… ” “Andale!” (go get him!)
Es broma/Es chiste/= It’s a joke
No te creas= Literally this means “Don’t believe it.” Is used to mean just kidding.
EXAMPLES: “Do you think this outfit is ugly?” “Yes, where’d you buy it?!” “Ha ha, No te creas es broma!”
Conper= short for “Con Permiso” which means “excuse me”.
Vajale!= This expression literally means “Turn it down”. Used for : Calm down, stop exaggerating, turn off the drama, get off my case, don’t talk or treat me that way.
Pintate de colores= Literally this means “Paint yourself diffrent colors” Not sure where this expression comes from, but it is probably referring to camouflage & (blending), because it’s meaning is: go away or make yourself disappear.
Ponte Buso or just Bus0= buso/busa comes from the shortening of the word “Abusado” (alert, on the ball, on your toes) ponte is to ready one’s self or make one’s self a certain way. This is kinda of play on words as the word buso sounds like buzo ” scuba diver”.
Aguas! = Look out! *Used to tell someone they’re in trouble. It can be said if someone is about to be hurt, or if they are trying to do something secretly & are about to be caught.
A toda maquina= This means with the whole machine or all mechanisms. It’s something along the lines of: full speed ahead or at full throttle. Can be used to mean: “It’s on!” , or “It’s great in every way!” “Nothing , but the best!” “To the fullest!”
Chido= Cool, great, awesome, fun.
Codo= Literally this means “elbow”, however it is used to refer to someone who is cheap, a tightwad, a penny pincher, doesn’t share. Sometimes people will not even say this, but instead just point to their elbow. =D
Mala onda= Literally this means “bad vibe/wave”. Used to mean : that’s bad, that sucks, what luck! , too bad , I’m sorry about that. A situation can be “mala onda” or a person can too, if they are: mean, boring, inconsiderate…. not fun to hang out with etc
Here’s another funny one: “Hacer la de tos” . Literally this means to make into a cough. A cough can be serious right? Especially if someone is in need of water & it’s to the point where their cough is so bad they can’t breathe. However , people can also fake a cough i.e . this alludes to someone making something out of nothing, exaggerating, faking it.
Esta como quiere! = Literally: “He/she is however they want to be” = They’re so fine, so sexy, super handsome/ gorgeous, way hot! What a hottie! What a babe!
Tu Circo se acabo= Literally “Your Circus is over” :This means your fun /entertainment is over. Can be said when someone is making fun of you, or to tease someone who was previously having fun & their plans have gone awry.