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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.


“Ventanita”

“Dale”

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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.”


“Swears”

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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.”


“Super”

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

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“Nooooo”

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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.”


“Ñoooo”

Introducing the ÑOOO it's a dessert that will leave you saying ÑOOO… Only at @breadmanmiamibakery #yummy #foodporn #hialeah #ñooo

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“Bottles”

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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.”


“Bro”

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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.”


“Egypt”

A “Mission”

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

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“Papaya”

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

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