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10 Vulgar Spanish Slang Words Used in the Wrong Place

10 Vulgar Spanish Slang Words Used in the Wrong Place

There are many Spanish slang words that are completely okay in one place, and a total disaster in another. These are some prime examples of when you might be using the right word, in the wrong place.

10 Vulgar Spanish Slang Words Used in the Wrong Place

1. Pichar
In Puerto Rico, pichar simply means to ignore or forget about something. For example, if someone says “No, pichea” it basically means, “no, nevermind.”

In Mexico, pichar  means to pick up the bill, or pay for something for someone.

As if mixing up “nevermind” and “picking up the tab” wouldn’t be bad enough, in Colombia, pichar means “to fuck.” So make sure you think about where you are before you use this word!

2. Boludo
Boludo is used a lot in Argentina, and sometimes in other South American countries such as Colombia. The meaning doesn’t change by country, but rather by situation. In a casual, friendly environment, this can simply mean dude. However, in a different, more tense context, it can mean “asshole.” Watch your tone!

3. Cabrón
This is another tricky word that can change meanings depending on your tone and context. In Mexico and Puerto Rico, this word can be used casually, with friends, as “dude” or something similar. It can also be “asshole” or “fucker.” In general, this word is much stronger in Puerto Rico, where it is attached to many vulgar phrases.

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“Imagine this Puerto Rican hotel in Argentina” -Jared

4. Concha
In most Spanish speaking countries, this word simply means “shell.” However, in Argentina and Colombia, it means “cunt.” So if you ever see a giggling tourist next to hotels named things like La Concha, you can guess they are from somewhere where the word is not quite as innocent.

5. Tortillera
Technically, this word just means “tortilla maker.” However, in a vulgar sense, it means lesbian. Gross, and unfortunate if you are taking a cooking class and actually need to discuss tortilla making.

6. Bicho
In most Spanish speaking countries, this is just a slang term for “insect.” In Puerto Rico, on the other hand, it means “dick.” You can imagine the giggles that follow someone saying “me pican los bichos” (The bugs/dicks are biting me) in Puerto Rico. Read the article 4 Confusing Puerto Rican Spanish Slang Words: BICHO, BICHA, BICHERÍA and BICHOTE for extra information about this particular word.

7. Coger
This is almost always translated as “to fuck,” but not in Mexico, Puerto Rico, or the majority of Spanish-speaking countries in the Caribbean. In these countries, coger simply means “to take,” so it is not uncommon to hear someone say “Voy a coger un bús.” That’s fine in northern Latin America, but don’t try it anywhere else!

8. Venirse
This literally just means to come,  as in, to a place. Of course, just like in English, this can also be translated to the sexual meaning of “to cum or come” as in, to ejaculate.

9. Pendejo
In many countries, this translates to “dick,” but don’t be surprised to hear pendejo used to refer to young boys in Argentina. It is a common word with no negative or vulgar meaning.

10. Pinche
In Chile, this just means a clip of sorts, such as a hair clip or clothespin, but don’t use it lightly in Mexico, as it means “damned” or “fucking” as in “este pinche cabrón!” (this fucking shithead!)

Ah Spanish, it’s never straight forward, is it? As always, you’ve got to stay alert and be aware of your surroundings before you open your mouth and make a fool of yourself.

Check out these other Spanish Slang Word articles.

  • Margaret Nahmias

    Coger is innocent Spain. In almost all Latin American it is to fuck Pendejo means stupid , literally a pubic hair I never heard of it as meaning dick. But that’s good to know So I call a guy pendejo in someplace I calling him a dickhead? I

    • Susan Herman


    • Rease Kirchner

      Yes, it in Mexico it can mean dick/dickhead. I know in Argentina pendejo is fairly innocent as well.

      • Margaret Nahmias

        Oh my goodness. This is why I stay away from these tricky words.

  • Guest

    @facebook-610337631:disqus , yes you are. Jared: This is interesting, but why are lesbians “gross?”

    • Susan Herman

      Oops…I meant Rease.

      • Rease Kirchner

        Oh my goodness, I in no way meant lesbians are gross, i mean the term is gross. There is no clean way to describe this, the reason a “tortillera” is because the tortilla is being compared to a vagina. I meant that the comparison of a vagina is gross, especially when you are making tortillas in a cooking class.

  • Susan Herman

    Rease, this is interesting, but why are lesbians “gross?”

  • Diana Caballero

    Another example is the word CAFRE. In Puerto Rico is a low class person, but in Mexico is someone that does not drive well.

  • Junie Cordero

    I found something wrong in one of your articles so i decided to point it out because I’m a reader and a fan. (7. Coger
    This is almost always translated as “to fuck,” but not in Mexico, Puerto Rico, or the majority of Spanish-speaking countries in the Caribbean.) ok In Mexico i also means tu fuck .

    • JaredRomey

      Thanks Junie for taking the time to point it out!

    • Racquel Villagomez

      I would say “Voy a coger el tren” when I lived in Spain. No one said anything and I often heard others use “coger” casually as well. …I was told to not say it in Mexico, however.

  • Fredy Navas

    That’s true… almost all latinamerican countries coger means to f***… depends of the context what you use

  • Fredy Navas

    hey… in El Salvador “Bicho” means boy or dude… for girl is “bicha” girlS bichaS

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