¡Chisquiado!

¡Chisquiado!

Crazy. A little bit off. Silly. Goofy, even. Just not exactly how they are “supposed” to be acting. That’s usually what it means when someone says chisquiado or chisquiada. The word itself, chisquear can be interpreted to mean to confuse or amuse others. So you know when someone is speaking to […]

Igualada

IGUALADA

Few other words in the Spanish language can insult you so specifically and succinctly as the word ¡igualada!  Often paired with a gata as in ¡gata igualada!, this palabra can at once throw your social-economic status in your face and tell you to basically “shut the hell up!” and stop talking.  The gata part here […]

10 Words We Say In Spanish That Aren’t Really Spanish

By definition, they would be better classified under the category of anglicisms.  Anglicismos.  In the world of Spanish journalism, probably the worst mistake any young pocho reporter could make.  I should know.  It was me who was constantly getting corrected for using anglicismos when I was writing in Spanish… all […]

Mexi-Vocabulario: ¡Enchilar!

Kind of ridiculous, that as much as I love hot sauce and really anything spicy, I’m just now getting around to writing about this Mexi-Vocabulario word: ¡Enchilar!  As in me enchile, te enchilaste, nos enchilamos. Basically, that the spice in something was so hot it burned.  Though you can also use […]

Mexi-Vocabulario: ¡Chiflado!

Uuy… I’ve been called that one more than once.   As a matter of fact, there’s a rather funny story about how big of a Chiflado I was as a kid.  It involves my two eldest sisters, my cuñado, and a banana… that somehow ended up splattered all across my hair […]

Mexi-Vocabulario: ¡Embustero!

¡No seas embustero!  Don’t be a liar!  We could probably leave it at that and you all would understand what this word means.  Pero, well what’s the fun in that? Mejor, let’s let two of the world’s biggest divas sing to us about the word embustero.  “Aww man, is this turning […]

Mexi-Vocabulario: ¡Adío!

¿Adió, a poco nada más te hizo mala cara? ¿Adió, y esta qué se cree? ¡Adío!  ¿Y a mi qué? Fíjate que fulanita se peleó con el marido ayer. ¿Adió? If you haven’t guessed by now, today’s Mexi-Vocabulario is all about that very short and simple word we Mexicans love […]

Mexi-Vocabulario: ¡Despapaye!

Porque aunque nos toque trabajar mañana, hoy nos la pasarémos en el despapaye.  Okay, I’ll translate.  Because even though we have to work tomorrow, today, we’re going to party like there’s no tomorrow anyway, jajaja!  Tell me I’m wrong?  Yeah… I thought so!  Pero any-guey, despapaye is also one of those […]