We’ve probably all searched a thing or two in Urban Dictionary to find out what the slang definition is for something. In our culture, there are so many things that have a double meaning, that’s why we created our own version of a slang dictionary with household items. We’re sure a few of these will take you back to your childhood…
When you look up the definition of an oven, you might find something along the lines of: “a kitchen appliance used for cooking and baking.” BUT, in a Latino household, an oven has quite a different meaning…
You probably rarely used your mom’s oven to bake because it was already being used… as a storage bin. When was the last time you actually used the oven to bake something?
Even the kitchen sink, which is meant to wash dishes, is actually used by Latino parents to wash something, or someone else…
How many of you have pictures of you like the one above? Your mom probably thought you were exactly like washing a dish, except that this dish cries, moves and splashes water at you.
And when it comes to food containers, such as butter, you already know it’s never butter.
If you had 15 butter containers in your fridge and were looking for actual butter, GOOD LUCK.
Same goes for this Doña María Mole, which you guessed it, also isn’t mole.
Pretty much any food product that came in a glass container, turned into some sort of cup or Mickey Mouse Tupperware.
So if you ever think that these food items have just one purpose, think again…
You were trained to use a tortilla as an eating utensil. This is exactly why some meals are almost impossible to eat without a couple tortillas.
Because even something as small and delicate as an egg, has a much larger and powerful purpose.
Who knew eggs had so much power, like the power to conquer evil.
And the same goes for quince centerpieces, which might seem harmless, but can lead to drama and disaster.
If you had more tías than centerpieces, you were asking for trouble.
By now you’ve probably realizing how deceiving Latino household items really are.
Because if you’re Latino, you know sandals are not just cute summer shoes…HA.
Seriously, no matter how simple and straightforward the object may seem, chances are it has a whole other layer of meaning.
To abuelita, a súeter is a matter of life and death.
And while all of these different definitions might make things a bit confusing…
This is actually genius. Wastes a bunch of energy, but genius idea nonetheless.
…you can also learn A TON from them.
You couldn’t let kids use the water hose for the entire day, that would defeat the purpose of saving money. But using a hose to cool down during summer days didn’t have a price.
What other objects in your house have different meanings and purposes? Comment and hit the share button below!