Friday, October 07, 2005

Costa Rica

ahorita- sometime, some day (maybe never)
bicho- a creep, a jerk (lit. insect, slug)
burdo- a bum (lit. an adj., rude)
desayuno tipico- arroz y frijoles
mariposa: a gay
puña: "polite" form of puta, frequently, as in English: s**t
púchitca: variant of puña
pura vida: the good life, used as a very upbeat "ciao"
pulpería: a village 7-11
que rico: super!

Thanks Howard J!


At 6:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All you wannabe Spanish speakers: Ever heard of "el piropo"? They're endemic to all Spanish-speaking countries, but are especially well developed in Costa Rica. Here's a mild (innocent, as it were) example--some of them go "beyond the pale (at least in my book):

"Bendita sea la tuerca del rin de la llanta del eje del camión que trajo el cemento donde estas parada, mamacita."

If anyone is interested, I can post many more, ranging from innocent to raunchy. (As a linguistic exercise only, please!)

At 8:32 PM, Blogger pelon said...

And then there's

TUANIS (from English "too nice") = GREAT! COOL!

MAE (not sure of spelling) = DUDE, or Mexico's "güey"




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