Being bilingual is a blessing – and confusing. What happens when you can’t exactly translate a word? You make up your own. Here are a few we’ve spanglishized and use all the time…
1. Chequear – to check something, like a reference.
If you chequé the dictionary you will not find chequear.
2. Taggear – to tag someone on social media.
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Seriously? Taggear is becoming a word? What’s next, “posteando” statuses?
3. Yarda – a yard or lawn.
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“Mami, Luis and his friends won’t let me play en la yarda.”
4. Flirtear – to flirt.
It’s been so long since some flirted with me, but I’m pretty sure that isn’t the right word.
5. Estoquieando – stalking, you know, like most of us do.
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We also use this to talk about estoqueando on Instagram.
6. Marqueta – the market.
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This is lazy. Mercado is shorter and it’s the proper word.
7. Parquear – to park, usually like a boss.
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I’m almost there. Estoy parqueando.
8. Chance (chan sey) – chance
If you can’t make up a word just give the English word a Latino pronunciation. That usually does the trick.
9. Bloque – a neighborhood block.
If only we all lived en el mismo bloque as Mr. Roger, we’d all have proper vocabulary. I’m just saying…
10. Bildin – a building.
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Or edificio. It isn’t that hard people.
11. Lonche – lunch.
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Abueltia: ¿Qué comiste para la lonche hoy, mija?
Me: Nada. And when did you learn lonche?
12. Mopear – to mop.
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I don’t even care that this word exists, tbh. Nothing can make this chore anymore fun. Call it what you want…like torture.
13. Lockear – to lock.
Because atrancar is so 2014.
14. Carpeta – a carpet.
Wait? Haven’t we been making fun of people for making words Spanish by adding an ‘o’ to the end? When did we become just like them?
15. Vaquear – to vacuum.
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This is like mopear. I don’t care unless the word gets rid of the damn task all together.