The Official Spanglish Dictionary

Un User's Guia to More Than 300 Words and Phrases That Aren't Exactly Espanol or Ingles

The Official Spanglish Dictionary

"¡Oye Broder, Get a Load of These Palabras!"
They're all Spanglish words -- and you can hear them on the streets of Miami, Los Angeles, Nueva York, and lots of other ciudades across the country where English and Spanish seem to blend and bend into a mind-boggling, very foni hybrid of two different languages -- or are they so diferente?Mira:
lonchando: Having lunch. "I'm lonchando, I don't wanna talk to him now."
yogur: Yogurt. "Este yogur doesn't really hit the spot when you're lonchando. Maybe I need to order a jambergue and some fries."
bacunclíner: Vacuum cleaner. "¡Aye! I think the bacunclíner just swallowed my earring!"
frizando: To make frozen, or freezing. "Turn up the heat, ¡estoy frizando!"
Before long, you'll be ready to graduate to the next level of Spanglish, with terms like pata de puerco ("pig leg" -- a new way to call someone an idiot) and Jamón del Diablo (deviled-ham product) and phrases like "¡:Boto la casa por la ventana!" ("That rocks!") The Official Spanglish Dictionary contains hundreds of terms to guau your friends and family, plus Spanglish terms of endearment, insults, and those all-important Spanglish pickup lines: "A ti no te duelen ni los callos" ("You're so fine, even your bunions don't hurt").
  • Touchstone | 
  • 176 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780684854120 | 
  • October 1998

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