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Old 05-08-2012, 12:46 PM   #91
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I do not think this is the place, for me to get started with slang Spanish, South American, Latin American or Italian colloquial phrases or words !
I speak several languages and I love to play with languages. For instance, I will ask someone who I know speaks Spanish, " Donde esta frijole, hombre?" which would loosely translate to "Where you bean, man?"

People, especially Americans, will say in German "Was ist Loos" when they really mean "Was ist Los?" which is kind of like asking "What's happening." A German with a good sense of humor will respond "Meine hund ist loose!" I had a First Sargeant who though he was speaking German when he'd ask "sprecken zee Dutch?" I am sure what he meant was "Sprechen zie Deutch?" Even Wayne Newton screwed it up when he sang "Danke Shane" instead of "Danke Schoen."

My favorite word in Spanish is esposas, because of the double meaning, but I think (I'm not sure) the second translation is Mexican slang because I've never heard it used by Puerto Ricans or Cubans. Does anyone know what that less obvious meaning is? Margi?

I was just thinking, my barber is Spanish (from Spain Spanish, not from Puerto Rico Spanish like New Yorkers think). Maybe I'll remember to ask her if she knows the second meaning next time I get a haircut, which could be this week-end.
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Old 05-08-2012, 01:22 PM   #92
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Sir Leon,

You are right on, this board certainly does not have enough room for this sort of thing !

¿ San Fernando - Cádiz ?

Which San Fernando ? There is one, in each and every Spanish province and then, one in California and every country south of the USA border too ...

I have a phone call, so I shall re-read ur post tomorrow.

Thanks for note.
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Margi,

Jackass? Jerk? Those are mild compared to what you would hear in Boston.
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Old 05-08-2012, 01:56 PM   #94
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These days a package of beer, whether it's a 12-pack, 24-pack or 30-pack, is completely enclosed in cardboard so it's all one type unless it's a sampler of different brews sold by a brewer.

In the "old days" a case was just a cardboard tray with four six-packs in it. You could mix and match but then you aren't buying a case, you're buying four six packs.
We call a case of beer a "suitcase." Mainly because of the way it is packaged. Enclosed with a handle.
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Margi,

Jackass? Jerk? Those are mild compared to what you would hear in Boston.
According to Google Translate, she was being polite about what it means.
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Sir Leon,

Which San Fernando ? There is one, in each and every Spanish province and then, one in California and every country south of the USA border too ...
I was referring to the San Fernando Valley in California, the home of Valley Girl Speak.
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Sir Lion of Beef: Esposas are Handcuffs !

Esposas are wives in Spanish, however, in Castillian Spanish, men called their wives: "mi mujer" = my woman = my wife ... They do not employ the word Esposa !

Esposa = wife is more common amongst South Americans.

*** Slang aspect:

The verb esposar is to hand cuff ...

Interesting paradox or similarity perhaps !

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Addie & Tax Lady: Slang - Horned Goats

Ladies,

I am polite, unless, some "Gillipollas", without common sense ruffles my feathers, just a bit overboard !

However, what sounds terrible in Spanish to foreign ears, is really quite mild.

UN CABRÓN which is probably the most vulgar curse in Spanish, is only HORNED GOAT ! However, yell out a car window at someone who is a Horned Goat, and wait to see the expression on their face !

UNA CABRONA is for females !

Slang and street language is interesting !

Have nice evening ladies !

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Sir Lion Of Beef,

I lived in San Francisco for almost a decade ... Gorgeous city ...

So, now we know it is not San Fernando, Cadiz, which is one of the main beaches, on the southwest Atlantic Coast of Spain ...

Nice to have chatted with you despite the Hand Cuff business.

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In Canada you have a chesterfield on your stoop. In America we have a couch on our front porch. (Okay only in lower class neighborhoods. Middle and upper classers would never be seen sitting on their front porches. Not unless they had 10-20 acres and high walls around their property, and maybe armed guard dogs.)
I've always said the difference between Americans and Canadians is Americans Prah-cess Dayta, while Canadians Pro-cess Dahta
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