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Learn the Spanish no one ever teaches you and you will never find in traditional dictionaries. Find here the most useful, colourful words in Spanish slang.

Empanado/a (a space cadet, to be like a fart in a trance)

Meaning

"Empanado" is someone who acts slow or drowsy, and generally seems disconnected from reality or 'out of it'.

For example

¡Estoy empanado! He salido de casa sin mis llaves, gafas y maleta.

(I am like a fart in a trance! I've left home without my keys, glasses and briefcase.)

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Cacho (A bit)

Meaning

"Cacho" refers to a small piece of something.

For example

Dame un cacho de eso que estás comiendo.

(Give me a bit of what you're eating.)

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Plasta (A pain in the neck)

Meaning

"Plasta" is an annoying person.

For example

Mi hermana pequeña no me dejará solo. Ella es una auténtica plasta.

(My little sister won't leave alone. She's a real pain in the neck.)

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Cabreado/a (pissed off)

Meaning

"Cabreado" is an adjective used when you have a strong feeling against someone who has behaved badly, making you want to shout at them or hurt them.

For example

Déjame, que estoy muy cabreado.

(Leave me alone, I'm really pissed off.)

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Rubia de bote (bottle blonde)

Meaning

"Una rubia de bote" is a person, usually a female, who is not naturally a blonde.

For example

Jessica es rubia de bote. No te creas que es sueca.

(Jessica is a bottle blonde. Don't you go thinking she's Swedish.)

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Tortillera (dyke)

Meaning

"Tortillera" is a homosexual woman; a lesbian. Be careful! Many people consider this word offensive even though it is very common in Spanish slang.

For example

¡Deja de mirar a mi chica, tortillera!

(Stop eyeing up my bird, you dyke!)

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Paja mental (a hamsterwheel brain)

Meaning

"Paja mental" is used when your brain runs about some issue over and over again and won't stop, just like a hamster running in its exercise wheel. It keeps running, but doesn't get anywhere, that is, without finding a solution.

For example

¡Tengo una gran paja mental! No puedo decidirme si llevar a cenar a Liz o Sarah.

(I have such hamsterwheel brain! I can't make up my mind whether to take Liz or Sarah out for dinner).

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Vender (humo) (to talk shite, to talk bollocks, to be all smoke and mirrors)

Meaning

"Vender humo" is saying something that isn't true, or that is wrong, or nonsense talk.

For example

No te creas ni media palabra de ese tío. Solo vende humo.

(Don't believe a word the guy says. He's talking shite).

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Palo (a blow, a shock)

Meaning

"Palo" an unexpected event that has a damaging effect on someone or something.

For example

La muerte de su padre fue un palo para ella.

(Her dad's death was a blow to her).

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Churro (a fuck up, a balls up)

Meaning

"Churro" to spoil or damage something, or to do something very badly.

For example

No puedo presentar este dibujo, me ha salido un churro.

(I can't hand in this drawing, it's turned out to be a right fuck up).

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