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Picturesque Mexican Slang
By John Howard Reid   
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Last edited: Saturday, February 14, 2009
Posted: Saturday, February 14, 2009

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When researching my book, "Mexican Autumn", in the little fishing village of Bahia de los Angeles in Baja California, I often came across some splendid examples of Mexican slang. You won't find these phrases in most Spanish dictionaries or phrase books, but if you ever holiday in Mexico you'll run across them all the time, not only in quaint, out-of-the way fishing villages, but even in Mexico City and tourist traps like Tijuana and Acapulco.

 

MEXICAN SLANG

 

a viente! Same to you. [A nonsense phrase]

cutre:  an idiot. Una cosa cutre = something you don’t like

dabuten: great, cool; e.g. una tía dabuten = a great girl

ese: a homeboy. This is friendly term, often used in greeting, e.g. Oye ese! Que hay de nuevo? = Hey there, homeboy, what’s up? 

ocho ochenta! I don’t care what you say, blah, blah, blah! Literally, of course, the phrase is simply eighty-eight

pelotudo: a careless clot, a slob

pendejo: idiot. This is such a gross insult, its use is banned on Mexican television.

Another insult is "el rene", especially when applied to a  Mexican with very dark skin

timbon: very fat

zurramato: stupid, lazy and and often very ugly to boot  

 

 

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Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK 2/14/2009
My Favorite As Living $0 Years In Los Angelese Sleazy Mexifornia Is:

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What's Happening You Crazies...

TRASK...
Reviewed by John Martin 2/14/2009
You left out my old buddy Hernandez's favorite... Como esta frijole?... Translation.. How have you bean,

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