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.
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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.”
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.”
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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.”