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Gracias a tod@s por sus explicaciones culturales tan informativas.
Parece que las chicas están de acuerdo entre ellas y me han dado una clara idea de lo que es la vivezA criollA.
(Oops! apologies to Mr. Ingledew and Mr. Avidar, your suggestions were also valid - and I don't fully agree with the girls that your suggestion, Baruch, was wrong at all as "shrewdness" does give a connotation of slyness or craftiness in certain circumstances).
However, I think that "cunning" gives the best overall idea and is the simplest for others to understand.
Btw, "viveza criollO" was what was written in the text I have.
ACB :o) 4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer
Actually the more common term is "viveza criolla" meaning the way uneducated natives of the cities and "gauchos" of the rural areas around the Rio de la Plata manage to find shortcuts and to round corners in daily life.
Buena suerte amigo!
Baruch Avidar Israel Local time: 04:30 Native speaker of: English, Spanish PRO pts in pair: 92