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Definitely NSFW! The Origin Of Mexican Swear Words Explained

Mexican swear words or groserías are some of the most powerful in the world. Seriously, if you yell at someone using Mexican insulting vernacular chances are you will get some respect. Like karate, groserías should only be used as a defense and never as an attack. Mexican Spanish has produced some very interesting and borderline poetic swear words, which are slowly but surely being incorporated into Spanglish and everyday conversation in the U.S. So you better be prepared!

Share this list only with those with whom you share a strong share of trust and camaraderie. And don’t ever share this with your madrecita santa unless you two are really, really into shared banter. Otherwise, she will lavar tu boca con jabón por pelado y majadero, mijo.

“Chinga tu madre”
When to use it: NEVER, EVER.

 

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Chingar in this context means “to fornicate.” So you are really telling someone to go fornicate with their mom! It is beyond rude and it is the ultimate insult if you want to end a friendship forever. The word “chingar” comes from the gypsy slang čingarar, which means “to fight”. How did that derive into sex? Because us Mexicans are unpredictable and creative!

“Pendejo”
When to use it: when “stupid” is not enough

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The word “pendejo” is perhaps one of the most widely used in Mexican Spanish. It is derived from the Latin pectiniculus, which is used to describe pubic hair. Such an insult! No, really, pubic hairs are not pleasant in any scenario… pendejos.

“Cabrón”
When to use it: when someone is taking advantage of someone else, or when you want to call a friend in a fond manner (we know, it makes no sense)

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Cuenta la leyenda that in the past shepherds spend way too much time with their animals, so they would satisfy their carnal needs with them (it is a crime and it is called bestiality). Female goats’ genitalia were preferred by these pervs, so the male goats, or cabrones, would get pissed off and attack the humans. Hence the word. We do hope this origin story is mere cuento and not real at all. To be honest, this origin story is pretty creepy.

“Carajo”
When to use it: when you wanna say “damn it” or when you want to send someone to “la chingada” in a more subtle way

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“Carajo” is literally the crow’s nest of a ship, the basket at the top of the mast. Just imagine the seasickness one must feel all the way up there. Young sailors, or those being punished, would be sent to this terrible spot. So in Spanish, you can send someone to “el carajo”, this ungodly basket at the mercy of the rough seas. The word can also be used to simply say “damn” or express disappointment.

“Chingada”
When to use it: always… when you are feeling bad (de la chingada) or when you want to get someone to F off… “vete a la chingada”

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This word is one of the most distinctive in Mexican Spanish. It basically is used to describe a place or existential state that sucks. It is used for almost everything… something sucks… “de la chingada”. Go to hell: “vete a la chingada”. This word is part of the national identity and basically a cultural treasure of sorts.

“Pinche”
When to use it: add an extra layer of nastiness with this adjective, as in “pinche pendejo”

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It literally means “cook’s helper”, so the lowest rank in a kitchen. Mexican writer Jose Emilio Pacheco guessed that the use of the word in a derogatory way could be traced back to haciendas were the help was discriminated against. However, nothing is certain other than the fact that this word is like a magical spell that changes form according to the user’s need. Que pinche chistoso, no?

“Vale madres”
When to use it: when something terrible happens and things are beyond repair

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Mexicans have an obsession with using farts and mothers as an insult. “Vale madres” literally means “it went to hell” or, alternatively, “it does not matter” (see below). Mothers are sacred in Mexican culture, so just like swearing using God’s name is considered bad in Anglo countries, swearing using sacred madrecitas santas hermosas is like being rebellious and crass. Vale madres.

“Me vale madres”
When to use it: when you couldn’t care less

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Another use of moms. This means “I couldn’t care less”, but in a very aggressive way. Like if someone breaks up with you but you wanna pretend like it is nothing, you would say “me vale madres”. We could tell Chabelo everyone on the Internet thinks he is the oldest person on Earth and he would reply: “Me vale madres”.

“Huevón”
When to use it: when calling someone “lazy bastard” is just not enough to describe how incredibly non caring and non energetic someone is

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There is no nice way of putting this: human testicles look like a pair of eggs. Huevón means “he whose testicles are so heavy that he can barely move”. Of course, popular lexicon has generated countless versions of this bad word. Such as…

… Que hueva”
When to use it: when you are tired beyond words; also when you want to describe a boring situation

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When one is so exhausted that one’s gonads feel too heavy to be lifted. “Hueva” is also used to describe boredom… if you wanna end one of those senseless fights or discussions, you can say “hueva” and just roll your eyes. You will get your message across, believe us.

“Pedo”
When to use it: when you or someone else has consumed an excess of alcoholic beverages

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In Mexico farts equal drunks and anything alcohol related. Binge drinking is “irse de peda”. To be drunk is “estar pedo”. And, funny enough, if you have a problem you say “tengo un pedo enorme” or “I have a huge pedo”. According to linguists, the word is used because drunkards smell bad, like a flatulence. OK…. we guess it sort of makes sense.

“No mames”
When to use it: when you want to express surprise (wow), disgust (ew) or joy (yay). Really.

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Just like “pinche”, this expression is used in a variety of ways. It literally means “do not suck”, as in “do not consume milk from the breast” or “do not perform fellatio” (sorry, we are trying to be as elegant as possible here). One of the possible origins of this expression is “do not act like a baby, do not suck milk from the nipple”, as in “grow the F up!”. But Mexicans are everyday poets and expand the expressive possibilities of a word to its maximum limit…. no mames.

21 Dangerous Animals You Can Only Find in Latin America

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21 Dangerous Animals You Can Only Find in Latin America

Some of the most dangerous animals in the world inhabit Latin America. While most prey on other species, some are known to harm and even kill humans if they come into contact with them.

1. Amazonian Giant Centipede

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The world’s biggest centipede, the Amazonian giant centipede can reach 14 inches in length. These carnivorous centipedes are found throughout South America, and kill prey by injecting a toxic venom. Although a bite will not kill people, it can cause a great deal of pain, along with swelling and fever.

2. Black Caiman

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One of the largest members of the crocodile family, the black caiman is native to the Amazon Basin and other freshwater Latin American areas. It is the largest predator in the Amazon, and like its alligator cousins further north, has been known to prey on people. The black caiman is endangered because it has been hunted extensively for leather.

3. Brazilian Wandering Spider

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The bite of this large, brown spider can kill people, especially small children. It is considered one of the most venomous spiders on the planet. They are also known as banana spiders or armed spiders. The eight species of these spiders are found throughout Brazil and the rest of Latin America.

4. Bullet Ant

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The bullet ant is so named because its sting is akin to being hit by a bullet. While a sting is extremely painful, it’s unlikely to prove fatal to a human unless they are stung by thousands of the creatures. Officially known as Paraponera clavate, the bullet ant is found in lower rainforests ranging from Nicaragua to Paraguay.

5. Bull Shark

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These stout sharks are the likeliest to attack humans. While they are more often found in the Gulf of Mexico, they are known to live in the Amazon River.

6. Electric Eel

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More appropriately known as the knifefish, the electric eel lives in the basins of the Amazon and Orinoco Rivers. The electric eel does generate electricity, and while the shock is not likely to kill a person, it could prove temporarily incapacitating and the individual might drown.

7. Giant Otter

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The endangered giant otter is found only in the Amazon, La Plata and Orinoco river areas. A member of the weasel family, it is the longest type of its species at 6 feet and adults may weigh as much 75 pounds. Giant otters live in large family groups and seldom threaten people, but there are reports of attacks on humans. Overall, though, humans are responsible for the vulnerable status of this animal due to poaching for the fur trade.

8. Green
Anaconda

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Weight wise, the green anaconda is the world’s largest snake, but at 17 feet, it’s also quite long. While it rarely attacks humans, the green anaconda has been known to take down other large and carnivorous species, including jaguars. With its green body and black and yellow belly scales, the snake is a master of camouflage. They are found in rivers, streams and marshes throughout tropical Latin America.

9. Golden Poison Dart Frog

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This beautiful small frog is also the world’s deadliest. Native to Colombia’s Pacific Coast, the area’s indigenous people used the poison from this frog on darts while hunting to kill prey. Anyone touching this frog will likely die within minutes. The frog’s skin contains the toxin, which causes rapid heart failure in victims.

10. Goliath Bird Eating Spider

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This spider belongs to the tarantula family and is found throughout northern South America. In terms of sheer mass, it is the world’s largest spider. Humans are rarely bitten, and then only when the spider is defending itself. For people, the bite is comparable to a bee or wasp sting.

11. Harpy Eagle

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The biggest and most powerful raptor in the rainforest, the harpy eagle’s natural habitat ranges from Mexico to Argentina. However, development has destroyed much of its habitat and the bird is increasingly rare. The harpy eagle has been known to carry off livestock such as lambs and kids – baby goats, not humans – and has few natural predators other than man. The female is twice the size as the male, and pairs mate for life.

12. Humboldt Squid

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Also known as the jumbo squid, the Humboldt squid is found in the Pacific Ocean off the coasts of Peru and Mexico. They are known for aggression towards people found
in their wake.

13. Jaguar

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The biggest cat in the Western Hemisphere, the South American jaguar is heavier than its feline wild cousins in North America. Although they have vanished in many areas, they are still found in Peru and neighboring countries. Jaguars do not usually attack people, but have been known to kill small children in the past.

14. Jararaca

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This large snake is found in southern Brazil and northern Argentina, and is one of the most likely snakes to bite humans in the region. The bite may cause shock and kidney failure, and can kill the victim without prompt treatment.

15. Kissing Bug

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The kissing bug sounds like such an innocuous name, but keep in mind it is also known as the vampire bug or the assassin bug. Found throughout Latin America, this bug can transmit a fatal infection known as Chagas through its feces. Chagas doesn’t cause instant death, but infected people are prone to developing heart disease. The name kissing bug comes from its tendency to bite sleeping humans on the mouth, but it is poop and not the bite that transmits Chagas.

16. Mexican Beaded Lizard

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A relative of the better-known Gila monster, this lizard resides in western Mexico. These two lizards are also the only venomous members of their species. However, humans are unlikely to suffer the consequences of this carnivorous lizard’s venom, as the venom is distributed by the animal actually chewing into its prey. Mexican beaded lizards are endangered in the wild.

17. Pit Viper

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These serpents make up the majority of venomous snakes in Latin America, and their bite rate on the local populace is relatively high. Such bites primarily cause deep tissue damage, but can prove fatal to some individuals.

18. Red-Bellied
Piranha

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This piranha species is named for its red coloring from its face to its belly. When full-grown, this deadly fish may weigh up to four pounds. Red-bellied piranhas travel in schools of up to 20 individuals throughout the Amazon River basin. While this fish is naturally aggressive, attacks on humans are relatively uncommon.

19. South American Rattlesnake

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This is the only rattlesnake found throughout Latin America with the exception of the Andes Mountains, and it is also the most dangerous. Each year, several people in the region die from the bite of this snake, although lack of access to medical treatment is also a factor in these deaths. There are various subspecies of this rattlesnake which vary in color from light to dark, but all sport the familiar diamondback pattern.

20. Terciopelo
Snake

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Also known as the fer-de-lance, this venomous species ranges from Mexico to northern South America. Because is often found near human dwellings, it is considered especially dangerous. When disturbed, they are known to vigorously attack.

21. Tree Boa

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Although the tree boa is not venomous, it can wrap itself around the neck of prey, choking its victim to death. While this does not often happen with human, it is a possibility. Native to the South American rainforests, the tree boa reaches 6 feet in length when full-grown. While the tree boa is green, body markings vary according to subspecies.

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