American decodes weird Spanish slang

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Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
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Love It Apr 27, 2011

As a dedicated (northern border) Mexican speaker who has also lived in Chile and visited there frequently in recent years, I can appreciate the uniqueness of the speech in both places. I might say that despite the vast distance involved, there are also some expressions we share, including some on the list here. It's a challenge to keep up, because so many things also change through the years! I love it all.

 

Chun Un  Identity Verified
Macau
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Japanese man, to make it more precise Apr 28, 2011

Obviously, the Chlileans are mistaken...

 

Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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¡Rayar la pintura! Apr 28, 2011

Impressive. Over here in Spain we say "pasar por la piedra" (process with the stone, or stone rubbing). Very probably comes from a time when mattresses were rare?

[Edited at 2011-04-28 09:43 GMT]


 

opolt  Identity Verified
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Hilo dental Apr 28, 2011

Thanks Henry, very nice! -- I didn't know any of these, with one exception: the "hilo dental" thingy, which is so funny -- and so true oftentimes But I knew it already from Cuba (not from Chile), often heard it being used.

Not to say anything against Chile -- but Cubans are simply the top specialists when it comes to this topic, period -- and no, I'm not referring to dental care 8~)


 


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