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21 Nicaraguan Phrases That Will Make You Say Deacachimba!

If you are Nicaraguan, or your squad includes Nicaraguan friends, you know these two things to be true: we speak as if we are singing and we curse a lot. You’d be surprised to know, however, that most of the Nicaraguan curse words are not meant to insult anyone, but instead are nicaragüense common slang words. They’re totally fine!

Don’t believe me? Here are 21 Nicaraguan Phrases and their meaning:

1. A todo mamón!

Nicaraguan Phrases

Literal meaning: All sucker.

What it means: To go super fast.

How to use in a sentence: “That man was driving a todo mamón!”

2. Acalambrado!

Literal meaning: Cramping.

What it means: To freak out over something.

How to use in a sentence: “He is past his deadline. Esta acalambrado.”

3. Alagranp**a!

Literal meaning: A really big bitch.

What it means: Damn!

How to use in a sentence: “Alagranp••ta! Can you believe I ate all those tacos?”

4. Chiva

Literal meaning: Goat.

What it means: When something is dangerous.

How to use in a sentence: “Be careful! That barrio in Managua is chiva!”

5. Chocho!

Literal meaning: Wow!

What it means: When you are amazed.

How to use in a sentence: “Chocho! Jennifer Lopez never ages!”

6. Clase alucin!

Literal meaning: That’s crazy!

What it means: To be trippin’ over something.

How to use in a sentence: “Did Drake just release an all-merengue album? Clase alucin!”

7. Contra el cacho!

Literal meaning: Against the horn.

What it means: When someone is running late.

How to use in a sentence: “Hurry up, you’re going to be late to the meeting. Ya vas contra el cacho!”

8. Dale pues!

Literal meaning: Go ahead, then.

What it means: To agree with someone. In other words, it means “O.K.”

How to use in a sentence:You: “Do you want extra gallo pinto and queso frito?”Your friend: “Dale pues!”

9. Deacachimba!

Literal meaning: Dope.

What it means: A way to express that something is cool AF!

How to use in a sentence: “My tía María is so deacachimba!”

10. Ideay?

Literal meaning: Any idea why?

What it means: A way of asking “what happened?”

How to use in a sentence: “Ideay! You’re not going to the party anymore?”

11. Jaño or Jaña

Literal meaning: Boyfriend or girlfriend

What it means: Informal way of saying novio or novia.

How to use in a sentence: “I have the best jaño in the entire world!”

12. Maje!

Literal meaning: Dude.

What it means: The go-to slang used to describe a person (ese maje or esa maje).

How to use in a sentence: “Maje, let’s go to the movies!”

13. Jodido!

Literal meaning: Sh*tty person.

What it means: Similar to maje, jodido is a popular word used in Nicaragua to call a person.  (It can be used as both good and bad).

How to use in a sentence:

Good: “Ese jodido Bryan is my best friend!”

Bad: “Manuel is the biggest liar ever. Ugh, I hate ese jodido.”

14. No me jodas!

Literal meaning: Don’t bother me.

What it means: ^^^

How to use in a sentence: “I can’t party tonight, I have a test tomorrow. No me jodas!”

15. Puchica!

Literal meaning: Damn it!

What it means: Neutral expression used as “damn it” or “oops.”

How to use in a sentence: “Puchica! I can’t believe I burned the tortillas!”

16. Salado!

Literal meaning: Salty.

What it means: Tough luck.

How to use in a sentence:

You: “I can’t go to the Mariah Carey concert. Tickets are all sold out!”

Your friend: “Salado!”

17. Si queres!

Literal meaning: If you want.

What it means: Phrase used when convincing someone to do something.

How to use in a sentence: “Let’s hang out Friday night… si queres!”

18. Sias Caballo!

Literal meaning: Don’t be a horse.

What it means: Don’t be foolish or silly.

How to use in a sentence: “Did you really leave the keys in the car? Sias caballo!”

19. Solo mate sos!

Literal meaning: You must be kidding me!

What it means: When you find something hard to believe.

How to use in a sentence: “Did you really go on a date with Shakira last night? Solo mate sos!”

20. Tas’ charquito!

Literal meaning: You are a puddle.

What it means: Having no experience.

How to use in a sentence: “That is not how you dance bachata. Tas’ charquito!”

21. Tuani!

Literal meaning: Cool.

What it means: When something is really cool or simply awesome.

How to use in a sentence: “Hey! Your family and friends are pretty tuani!”

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

Photo courtesy Forward Latino

An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Christmas is a special time of year. Families have their traditions to mark the festive year and some of those traditions are rooted in culture. Here are some of the ways various countries in Latin America celebrate Christmas.

El Pase Del Niño Viajero – Ecuador

El Pase del Niño Viajero is a pageant that happens in Ecuador that lasts weeks. The parade is meant to represent the journey of Mary and Joseph. The parade highlights the religious importance of Christmas in Ecuador and is most common in the Andean region of the country.

The biggest and most important parade is in Cuenca, a deeply religious city. Citizens near the city have all day to see the parade as it starts in the early morning and runs through the late afternoon. This gives people a lot of time to make it to the city to witness the parade.

La Gritería – Nicaragua

La Gritería comes after La Purisma. La Purisma is celebrated at the end of November and is meant to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. La Gritería is celebrated in early December and involves literal yelling. Someone would shout “Que causa tanta alegria?” (“What causes so much happiness?”) People respond “La Concepción de María.” (“Mary’s Conception.”)

Las Posadas – Mexico

Mexican posadas are the most recognizable. Posadas take place in Mexico from Dec. 16-24, though this year they are most likely to be virtual. The posada begins with a procession in the neighborhood filled with people singing and sometimes led by two people dressed as Mary and Joseph.

Another part is the posada party. Before guests can enter, there is a song exchange with the people outside playing Joseph looking for shelter. The hosts sing the side of the innkeeper saying there is no room. Eventually, the guests are welcomed into the home to celebrate Christmas.

Aguinaldos – Colombia

Aguinaldos are a series of games played by people in Colombia leading up to Christmas. There are certain games that are common among people in Colombia. One is pajita en boca, which requires holding a straw in your mouth the entire time of a social event. Another is dar y no recibir, which is about getting people to take something you are giving to score a point.

El Quema Del Diablo – Guatemala

El quema del diablo is celebrated in early December and is a way of letting go of the previous year. People burn piñatas and effigies of the devil to let go of all negative feelings and moments from the previous year. If there was every to try a new tradition, this would be the year. Burn an effigy and banish 2020 to the past, where it belongs.

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