Argentine Slang

Argentine Slang: while living in Buenos Aires, you must have heard some strange words that you dont get to understand, because a) these word dont have a exactly translation and b)they are slang! so, they dont show in dictionarys or the formal spanish from TV or whatever.

Today we are gonna present you some expressions we used. Argentina slang comes from “Lunfardo” (its like… the oldest slang) but also with the pass of time, we created new words and expressions to complete our urban vocabulary. So here we go:

Argentine Slang:

  1. “Tomatelo con soda” = Literally: drink it with soda. Meaning: Take it slow! Its used when you had a problem, and somebody want to calm you down. “Soda” is gasificated water and you can put it on the wine, for instance, to make the wine less “hard”.

  2. “No da” = It is unacceptable. For instance: -I want to go to your party with ten friend. -No da, is not fine, you shouldn’t do that.

  3. “Ni a palos” = Literally: not even with sticks. Meaning: No way. I’m so not gonna do that. For instance: -This racket cost a thousand dollars. Do you want to buy it? -Ni a palos. I prefer pick a cheaper one.

  4. “Hasta las manos” = Literally: Until hands. Meaning: Very busy OR very commitment with somebody, with something. For instance: -Estoy hasta las manos de trabajo : I’m so busy with my job. OR -Estoy hasta las manos con esa chica -I’m so crush with that girl.

  5. “La verdad de la milanesa” = Literally: The truth of the milanesa. Meaning: The REAL truth, an unappealable truth. For instance: -La verdad de la milanesa about this case is that the traidor was a part of the family.

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