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Slang in Argentina
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Argentina has a unique vocabulary of slang expressions that you won't hear in any other country, except perhaps in neighboring Uruguay.
Below is a list of some of the most common slang expressions that I have heard used by locals in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Popular Slang Expressions in Argentina
atorrante - a scumbag, a useless person, a bum. My favorite usage of this word is in the song Otra Noche en La Viruta by Otros Aires.
baboso/a - lusty, horny. For example, a man who leers lustily at a sexy woman is "baboso".
bárbaro - great, awesome, fantastic
boludo - stupid, idiot. also used somewhat affectionately among friends and buddies
chau - bye
che - hey, yo. dude, man. often used to get someone's attention
cola - rear end, butt. similar to "culo" but less vulgar
grande - old
Es muy grande.
He's really old.
guita - money
mina - girl, woman, babe. informal but not usually derogatory
palo verde - one million American dollars
un sarmiento - a 50 peso bill. The bill features an illustration of Domingo Faustino Sarmiento.
More Argentine Slang
The most complete and accurate list of Argentine slang I have seen so far is Pablo David Flores' list at Oh Buenos Aires. Here's the link: Argentine Spanish Slang Dictionary at Oh Buenos Aires
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