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10 phrases that only argentines understand

No one wins us in ingenuity and creativity.

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Without even realizing it, we use hundreds of hundreds of daily phrases  whose meaning totally escapes those who are not accustomed to living on Argentine soil. Here is a compilation of 10 of them, which show that in ingenuity and creativity no one wins us. 1) “I'm up to my hands” It means, in a nutshell, “I'm in love” or, at most, “I'm falling in love.” It is also used with a less romantic sense to say that we have many things to do. 2)   “Here he who does not run flies” Creole vividness at its best: it is used to refer to those who try to take advantage of some situation. 3)   “My legs were cut off.” Maradona's mythical phrase after staying out of World 94 is now used to say that they took something unfairly from us. 4)   “You want the chuck and the twenties!” You can't have everything: the one who wants the chancha and the twenty (pigs) is probably aspiring to get more than they belong. And if he wants the sausage machine, I don't even tell you. 5)   “Go charge Magoya/Montoto!” Montoto is said to be an official of the Provincial Bank. Magoya, meanwhile, is of unknown identity. The truth is that the phrase implies little willingness to cover the debts taken. 6)   “I'm Gardel.” We are Gardel when we don't need anything else: when we are as we want. The motives? Everyone will have their own. 7) “I threw the greyhounds” Or the dogs. It is used when someone tries to conquer another person or shows him his interest in a respectful but nothing subtle way. 8)   “He put on his cap.” It is used when someone cuts a climate of joy or celebration with an authoritarian or unfriendly attitude. 9)   “He put on his shirt.” In this case, the meaning is completely different: whoever wears the shirt is committed to the organization to which he belongs, be it a football team, a company or an institution. 10)   “I hung up.” When we forget to do something, especially when we had agreed with someone, sincerity is always a good ally.

Publication Date: 02/11/2018

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