Argentine Slang in Reverse: VESRE
In Argentine slang the word vesre comes from the Spanish word for reverse, revés, after moving around a few letters. Just as the word vesre, other words are made by switching around letters. These words are now so common in Argentina that they may be used more than the “real” word. For this reason, it is necessary to be familiar with the following words even if you decide not to use them yourself.
Argentine Slang: Vesre
al dope = al pedo – messing around, screwing around, farting around
chabomba = bombacha - a woman’s underwear
de dorapa = parado – standing up
dolobu = boludo – to pretend to be clueless, to play dumb
dorima = marido – husband
el quetejedi = el que te dije - phrase used to describe a certain unnamed person that only you and the receiver of your message should identify, to hide the person’s identity from others
feca = café - coffee
garca = cagar – a cheater, a swindler
garpar = pagar – to pay
gomía = amigo - a friend
jermu = mujer - a woman
jonca = cajón - a coffin or casket
langa = galán – a pretty boy, a self-centered and attractive man
los lompa = pantalones – pants
rope = perro - a dog
telo = hotel – this term refers to a specific type of hotel where rooms are often rented by the hour and are used for sexual encounters and affairs. Some other Spanish speaking countries refer to this as a motel.
toga = gato – a cat
tordo = doctor - a doctor
zapán = panza - tummy
Just as a hint, if you run across a strange sounding word try writing it down. Sometimes looking at a word in vesre is easier to identify its original root word. Vesre is common in Argentine slang so be sure to have a few of the above words in your vocabulary. Not only will you impress people with your Argentine slang, it will be easier to understand daily Argentine conversations.
Check out these other Argentina Spanish Slang Word articles.