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Old 21st January 2016, 03:26 AM
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Thanks, Gary. Yes, indeed. A perfectly innocent word in one country (like "chucha" for female dog in Guatemala) can mean something completely different, and not so innocent, in other countries (e.g. Bolivia uses the word "chucha" for part of the female anatomy). I learned not to say the phrase commonly used in Guatemala "¡Ah, la gran chucha!" when I'm with people from other Spanish-speaking countries.
When I lived in Spain, I was shocked to hear words commonly used by everyone that in Mexico would have been considered obscene, especially one that also refers to a taboo part of the female body.

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Since it's a Friday night, I thought of these 2 words for party/partying. There's more to a party in Mexico than just fiesta.

These are legit Spanish words, used in several Latin American countries, but not words you're likely to be taught in a formal Spanish class.

la pachanga
verb form: pachanguear
Example: Where's Fernando? "Anda de pachanga" or "Con los cuates pachangueando". ("cuates" is slang for "amigos")

A similar word is:
la parranda
verb: parrandear

Mind you, the irony is not lost on me that it's a Friday night, y yo no ando ni en la pachanga ni en la parranda, rather I'm home on my iPad. Qué triste.
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Nicknames (apodos) are very common in Mexico and other Latin American countries, and they can be quite descriptive. I find people don't take offence like they might NOB. This can include nicknames like El Gordo (chubby), El Flaco/ La Flaca (skinny), El Hueso (the bone - really skinny!), El Chapo (shorty), Esqueleto or Calaca (skeleton), El Mono or El Chango (monkey), La Gatita (little cat), El Chino/La China (referring to facial features rather than actual ethnic origin), El Güero/La Güera (light skinned), and on and on. My husband calls our 7 yr old grandson "Capitán Tormenta" (Captain Storm). A friend still refers to her husband's old girlfriend (her rival when she first met her now-husband) as La Girafa (the giraffe).

Many times apodos are even more creative. I remember years ago in Costa Rica there was a young man who was very good-looking, actually quite beautiful. His nickname was Cara de put-a (Prostitute face). He was popular, well-liked, well-adjusted, and did not seem to mind his nickname one bit. (Sorry - I think I'm not supposed to use the p-word. It was automatically changed to ****. But in this case I'm referencing it as someone's nickname, not trying to swear or be vulgar... )

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Speaking of nicknames, including one Ojo mentioned, in my experience, "Chino" is used as a nickname for people with curly hair. I have no idea why, particularly since most Chinese have very straight hair.
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Speaking of nicknames, including one Ojo mentioned, in my experience, "Chino" is used as a nickname for people with curly hair. I have no idea why, particularly since most Chinese have very straight hair.
A word for "curls" in Mexican Spanish is "chinos". You might say to a little girl with ringlets, "¡Que bonitos tus chinos!"
"Cabello (pelo) chino" is curly hair. I've never quite understood that myself. In Central America, curls are "colochos". (Colocho/Colocha is another common nickname as well). In Colombia, curly hair is called cabello (pelo) crespo. The more formal Spanish word for curly hair would be cabello rizado.

I default to "colocho" since it is how I first learned it (I think this is possibly used in parts of southern Mexico, as well?) When I hear "pelo chino" I think of straight dark hair, which of course is not what it means in Mexico...

For straight hair, I say "pelo liso" (Central American style), but in many Spanish-speaking countries "pelo lacio" is more common.

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I learned a new modismo yesterday. I have no idea if it's more Mexican or used throughout the Spanish speaking world, but it is just so opposite its English meaning;
I was in a sports bar watching the Pats-Broncos game. Absolutely jam-packed with 99 percent Mexicans. A great crowd screeching and moaning loudly and enthusiastically. I almost felt as if I were at the game.
One older Mexican gent and I happened to engage in a short conversation, purely on an intellectual plane, on how attractive our waitress was. I said she was also very gracious (having smiled at a joke or two of mine).
He said he knew about the life of a lot of the waitresses there and many supported layabout boyfriends, and said they were "mensas"
"Ella es una mensa," he emphasized.
MENSA? I of course thought of the genius organization, to which I'd never dare apply, as they would laugh me away, but he explained that a "mensa" was a stupid woman. Applies to men as well, I googled.

"Interestingly, the Spanish use of the word mensa (female) or menso (male)generally denotes someone who is crazy or stupid.
"No seas menso".... Don't be crazy. Or, "mensa, yo te dije que no lo hicieras"... stupid, I told you not to do it."


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I of course didn't think it had to be said here, but considering, I told the guy politely I didn't agree and in reality considered him a total idiot for his views, turning my chair away. I was interested in that great game mostly.

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I remember getting laughed at for misunderstanding the expression "gracioso"... thinking it meant or referred to someone being "gracious" or generous. Instead it meant something along the lines of being a wise-guy, a joker or even an idiot.

I remember thanking my wife while we were courting when she would tell me "No seas tan gracioso"...

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Just remembered this one:
Titipuchal
Meaning a whole lot of something

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Just remembered this one:
Titipuchal
Meaning a whole lot of something
Interesting word, Gary. I thought it might have its origin in an indigenous language of Mexico, and I was right - it comes from Nahuatl. Resultados sobre el término titipuchal • Academia Mexicana de la Lengua

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