11 Words That Mean Something Different In Miami


If you’ve spent any time in Miami, you know we Miamians tend to speak an entirely different language than the rest of the United States/known universe. Grab this cheat sheet. And your passport.


What it usually means: Spanish for “little window.”
What it means in Miami: Your caffeine-schilling drug dealer. (There’s one on every corner, they know what you like, and you’re probably addicted to whatever they’re giving you.)

In a sentence: “I’ll take 632 croquetas, two cordatidos, and… Wait, you didn’t want anything from the ventanita yourself, did you?”


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What it usually means: Spanish for “go!,” or that word Pitbull uses in his songs.

What it means in Miami: Go. Come. Yes. Do it. We can do it. Bye, this meeting is over. “Aya tu.” Great job on those reports, Cheryl. Get it in. Let’s do it. It’s pachanga time.

In a sentence: “Dale, have the last croqueta. That’s how much I love you.”


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What it usually means: To make a vow. Or to use foul language.

What it means in Miami: When someone se cree el último Coca-Cola en el desierto.

In a sentence: “Bro, she swears, bro. Se cree tremendita, but none of the Caros even know her.”


I need him to send me cafesito STAT!! #500cc'sofwakemyassup #supermeng #

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What it usually means: “Extremely.”

What it means in Miami: A mandatory prefix for every adjective, regardless of actual extremeness.

In a sentence: “Not to be super random, but I think I know you from somewhere. Did you go to Lourdes? That’s super cute!”


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What it usually means: An exaggerated way to say “no.”

What it means in Miami: “Yaaaaas.”

In a sentence: “Nooooooo, I love it, of course I’ll marry you.”


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What it usually means: This one’s all Miami, baby.

What it means in Miami: An expression for when you’re impressed and/or shocked.

A gentler form of a certain curse word relating to the female anatomy.

In a sentence: “Ñooooo, I cannot believe you’ve never seen Scarface.”


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What it usually means: A container for liquid.

What it means in Miami: How you inform your friends that it’s going down tonight. (Think various bottles filled with various types of brightly-colored alcohol.)

In a sentence: “Tonight’s gonna be bottles, bro. It’s going to be random, in a good way.”


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What it usually means: Short form of the word “brother.”

What it means in Miami: Everything. It can be used as both a nickname for anyone–stranger or friend, male or female. It can also be an exclamation. Some potential uses: “Friend”, “buddy”, “oh wow”, “no way”, “don’t even think about it”, “definitely”, “buddy”, “girlfriend”, “abuela”

In a sentence: “Bro! Calm down. She’s my bro, she didn’t mean it, bro. Don’t bro out on me, bro.”


What it usually means: A country in North Africa.

What it means in Miami: Homestead, FL.

(But you make the trek, because ya boi Robert is there)

In a sentence: “Bro, no, I can’t drive you to that milkshake place. It’s all the way in Egypt.”

A “Mission”

Oh how I love wasting my life in traffic on 95. #seaofred #itsworseinperson #miamitraffic

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What it usually means: An intense project for the Church or government agency

What it means in Miami: I-95. Or anything slightly logistically complicated (probs involving traffic).

In a sentence: “Oye, I’m not going to the Beach during rush hour, man. That’s a mission.”


The artist must've been Cuban. #frutabomba #conqueso

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What it usually means: A type of tropical fruit.

What it means in Miami: We can’t translate it here; our moms might read it. (#Sopapo)

In a sentence: “That dude just cut me off! Can you believe this cara de papaya?!”

READ: 10 Ways Miamians Celebrate That Make The Rest Of The Country Go “WTF?”

Considering how much people like to chismear in Miami, there are probably many more. Which words can you think of? Mitú wants to know. Comment below.

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