If you’re planning a vacation in Mexico, you should definitely know about the Mexican slang spanish terms that many locals use. Not all slang in Mexico is used in a derogatory way; it can also range to compliments. The only reason it’s called slang is because it is not formal language typically taught in schools. When you go to Mexico, you should feel confident that you know what people are saying. Consider these three popularly used slang words:
Mexican Slang: Spanish Terms of Common Use
1. Que huevón or Que huevona
These words translate to “lazy egg” in English. This is a common slang word used for people who just can’t seem to get off their lazy butts. A much more unpleasant term Que huevos means “what balls!” which of course can be a bit offensive to a man. However, you can use this term yourself if someone takes the time to insult you. It would definitely show off your slang skills.
This term became quite popular in the 1960s thanks to all those western films. Many people think of this word as cool, since the main American characters were called Cabrón, which pretty much means they were badasses right? Not exactly. The word roughly translates to “a real jerk”. It is much more distasteful to be called this in Spanish than it is in English; the female variant cabrona does mean “bitch,” after all.
This has a very straight forward meaning which is “shitted” or “shat.” “Cagado” is the past participle of “cagar” which means “to shit.” Now, it does not mean that literal word, it is actually an expression. People in Mexico tend to say cagado when something is really funny. It’s as if to say “Ha ha! That’s so funny I pooped myself.”
These slang words are quite commonplace in Mexico and you will most likely hear them spat more than once. The most popular word in Mexico, CHINGAR, and its numerous derivatives requires separate posts, so stay tuned.
If you’d like to learn some more Mexican slang, search the Speaking Latino free online dictionary and we’ll fill up your brain with all the slang you can think of!
What other popular slang words have you heard or used in Mexico?
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