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17 Spanish Words that Don’t Technically Exist but We Use Every Day

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.

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If you chequé the dictionary you will not find chequear. However, we all know that the word is one of the most commonly used words in our modern vocabulary with our elders.

2. Taggear – to tag someone on social media.

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Seriously? Taggear is becoming a word? What’s next, “posteando” statuses? As the nature of technology evolves, we have to come up with ways to create language around them.

3. Yarda – a yard or lawn.

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“Mami, Luis and his friends won’t let me play en la yarda.” It is not at all a real word in the proper sense but it is a real word to us and that is what really counts.

4. Flirtear – to flirt.

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It’s been so long since someone flirted with me, but I’m pretty sure that isn’t the right word. However, it very well might be the right word if someone was willing to flirt with me.

5. Estoquieando – stalking, you know, like most of us do.

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We also use this to talk about estoquieando on Instagram. There is something so satisfying about being able to dig deep into your crush’s Instagram and figuring out their likes and dislikes.

6. Marqueta – the market.

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This is lazy. Mercado is shorter and it’s the proper word. However, it is a word we have all used because it just comes out that way an that’s just fine.

7. Parquear – to park, usually like a boss.

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I’m almost there. Estoy parqueando. What makes this even funnier is that whoever says this has likely not even left the house yet

8. Chance (chan sey) – chance

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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.

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If only we all lived en el mismo bloque as Mr. Roger, we’d all have a proper vocabulary. I’m just saying. But, given our fun loving culture, I’m sure Mr. Roger would have understood the playful language.

10. Bildin – a building.

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Or edificio. It is kind of amazing when you realize that we have created a language out of two langauges in an attempt to better talk with our family. Sometimes it is the little things like that that can make a relationship with your abuela that much more special.

11. Lonche – lunch.

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Abueltia: ¿Qué comiste para la lonche hoy, mija?

Me: Nada. And when did you learn lonche?

Isn’t it sweet when your family takes an extra step to make sure everyone is included in the conversation.

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. You will never know the terror of mopping in a frenzy before mom gets home.

13. Lockear – to lock.

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Because atrancar is so 2014. Honestly, though, who else grew up with this one? It seems like a really common word when it comes to Spanglish-speaking families.

14. Carpeta – a carpet.

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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. We don’t care unless the word gets rid of the task altogether. Unfortunately, it won’t so we will just keep mopeando and vaqueando until mom is satisfied.

16. El Tiki Tiki – any electronic device from a GameBoy to your phone.

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Our abeulas and parents are quick to just call any handheld electronic device el tiki tiki. It’s a lot like how every game system is called a Nintendo.

17. Echoping – shopping

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Shopping with mom can be crazy hectic. But we all know that she will do whatever she can to spoil her babies and that is what we are all here for.


Be honest, how often do you use these words? Share this story with your friends so we can make this language mainstream, bro.

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This Hilarious Viral Video is Being Called the Latino Version of ‘Get Out’

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This Hilarious Viral Video is Being Called the Latino Version of ‘Get Out’

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We’ve all experienced it before–the nervousness of meeting your partner’s parents. And if you’re in an interracial relationship, that nervousness grows exponentially.

That’s why this video of a young Latino man who is hesitant about entering his white girlfriend’s Trump-supporting family’s house has gone viral.

It’s #relatable.

The video starts off with the unnamed boyfriend narrating what’s happening to him as his girlfriend practically drags him into her parent’s home.

In Spanish, he says “I’m going to visit my girlfriend’s parent’s house. The house is very beautiful and she wants me to go inside. But I’m not going to do that because there’s a problem.”

At this point, he pans up to focus on a “Trump” sign prominently displayed on the front lawn.

He turns the camera around to show his own very worried face. The young man’s girlfriend tries to assure him that everything is okay, promising him that her parents are “going to like you”.

The young man tells her to go on without him because he “doesn’t want to die” today. “Maybe tomorrow, yes. But today–no,” he says.

His girlfriend keeps insisting he follow her in until he finally says: “They don’t like me!” before zooming in on the “Trump/Pence” sign one final time. The comedic timing is *chef’s kiss* impeccable.

The video is captioned “This Spanish remake of ‘Get Out’–a witty nod to the 2017 horror film.

As a refresher, “Get Out” centers on a young Black man in an interracial relationship who visits his white girlfriend’s family for the weekend. Soon, he realizes the family is not quite as idyllic as they’re pretending to be. Before long, he realizes his life is in danger.

The movie accurately depicted the real-life horror of racism and white supremacy through a cinematic lens. Phrases like “the sunken place” (the place the main character went when he’s paralyzed by his girlfriend’s mother) became cultural shorthand for: the “place an oppressed person goes when they have become silent or compliant to their own oppression” (thanks Urban Dictionary).

Internet commentators chimed in with their own thoughts and opinions about the super relatable video.

One Reddit user knew exactly how the young man felt. “As a biracial person who dated a girl from a very conservative Republican family, they never let me forget that I was biracial,” he said. “They brought it up almost every day.”

Another knew the struggles of having family members with different views from their own: “I have friends and family members that have been radicalized.. it’s very difficult to have a conversation about anything anymore that doesn’t end with vitriol.”

Another Reddit user had more sympathy for the man’s girlfriend. “I feel bad for the girl honestly,” they said. “We may be able to choose who we befriend, but we can never choose our parents.”

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‘Size Fits All Tags’ And ‘Great Clickbait’— People Name The Worst Things That Are Legal

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‘Size Fits All Tags’ And ‘Great Clickbait’— People Name The Worst Things That Are Legal

The world is plagued with some crazy and unfair laws, no doubt about it. But what about the things that exist and legal? Why are, for instance, spam callers allowed to trick you by calling from similar numbers to yours? Or, why is it impossible to criminally convict your roommate from keeping you up all night or dipping into your ice-cream and lie about it?

Users on Reddit are asking similar questions and the answers are pretty hilarious but also intriguing.

“I’m just gonna have to say little girl’s beauty pageants. It just doesnt sit right with me. And not only because of the fact it’s creepy, but I feel like it’s stressful on the kid and on their body image.” –kitty-cult

“College book prices and practices. Change a few words in a math book, that’ll be another $100 please. Oh you realized that you can use the book from 10 years ago and succeed? Actually we require you get the new book. Oh you realized you can get the book cheaper from a friend? Actually we’re doing online books now and you need the personalized code. We change it every year even though there have been no breakthroughs in this subject! Knowing the college struggle i have no fucking clue how this is allowed to exist. It should literally be illegal.” –WitlessMean

“Puppy mills.” –thechronicwinter

“Sending letters to home owners labeled ‘IMPORTANT MORTGAGE / FINANCIAL INFO’ or ‘LAST WARNING / NOTICE’ and having the inside look exactly like a bill, letterhead and little box in the corner with figures inside… all to then say ‘refinance with us’ or ‘don’t miss this opportunity for etc etc’ Makes me heart skip every time thinking I’ve forgotten some critical bill until I open it.”- IDUU

“The fact car radio commercials are allowed to have police sirens or car crashes in them as a way to Get your attention.”- jagfanjosh3252

“The size of the ‘x’ button on pop-up ads.” –_Denes_

“Socks: ‘Fits size 6-12.'” –klitorisaurus

“Spice/K2/Synthetic Weed. This may have changed in the last few years but I found it embarrassing that our country locks up thousands for actual marijuana but allowed that shit to be sold at every gas station and liquor store knowing damn good and well that it was hurting and killing people.”-m0ndayisb0ng0day

“You can look up where any one lives because it’s public record. But can we please not have entire websites with data bases full of every person in the country?? I mean think about people who get denied restraining orders and try to move away from their abuser. Six months later and their abuser can just look up their name and find them all over again. This could be detrimental for spouse abuse victims, stalking victims, etc. something should be done about them. It’s terrifying.” –21DrunkPilots

“Lying through your teeth on “news” shows because you claim you’re actually “entertainment”. Even while it has “news” in the title of the station. Being able to lie through your teeth on an opinion show just bc it’s an opinion show. Opinions should be opinions about facts. Opinion should not be an excuse for slander or making knowingly false statements in the media.” –jseego

“No-knock warrants. We’ve seen time and time again where Law Enforcement has the wrong address and some innocent person ends up dead because of a logistical mistake.” –Mr-and-Mrs

“Impossibly hard to cancel subscriptions.” –ungFu-omega-warrior

“Putting unrelated crap into bills to sneak it into law. I know they’re supposed to follow some kind rules related to germaneness, but they clearly don’t, and clearly need actual laws with actual punishments for pulling this crap.” –Gr1pp717

“Multi level Marketing.” –whyykai

“Civil Asset Seizure by Police – No Crimes Needed!”- vegetarianrobots

“The troubled teen industry. Parents pay a company to kidnap kids while they’re sleeping and send them off to ‘therapeutic’ boarding schools where they are abused in every conceivable way.”- MyDongIsAWiFiHotspot

“Sweatshop labor outsourced by tech and Fortune 500 companies. It’s essentially contemporary slavery we collectively allow.”- crumpledForeskin

“Being penalized for calling out sick from work. Edit. Even while the whole world is trying to survive this pandemic, we’re still dealing with this major issue by employers. I work in health care, and I feel like I get shamed by my managers and coworkers when you call out. Especially when you work night shift.” –pongomer

“I (f) bought a car recently. During the process of negotiation I decided I wanted to do more research and the salesman refused to give me the keys to MY car so I could leave. Literally saw me looking for my keys and withheld them while repeatedly saying, ‘But what could I do to get you into this car today?’ I finally demanded my keys but bought the car anyway (they met my asking price and got me the financing I wanted) but I’m SO mad at myself for not making a scene. For allowing that man to hold me hostage and not being outraged. I don’t understand why I didn’t humiliate him and instead meekly just sat and took it. I called the manager the next day. But still. So disappointed in myself…” – UncomonShaman

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