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5 argentine phrases that we say every day

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The catalogue of Argentine phrases seems to have no end. Today we want to leave you five phrases that we use all the time almost without realizing it. 1) Being “in the oven”  Being “in the oven” or “baked with potatoes” means that we are in a difficult situation to solve or that exceeds us. 2) Find “the fifth paw to the cat” or “hair to the egg”  When Argentines don't have problems, we look for them. That's what we mean when we say someone is looking for “the fifth leg to the cat” or “hair to the egg.” 3) “There is no aunt”  When something no longer has a way to be fixed, we say “there is no aunt.” It seems that this expression is a deformation of the original: there is no atutia, which was a medicinal ointment. I mean, there's no choice. 4) Do something “from Cayetano” or “without raising the partridge”  Both expressions are nothing more or less than a request for complicity. It means we need someone to do something, but without other people knowing. 5) “You grabbed for the side of tomatoes”  When we perform a misinterpretation of something, we grab “for the side of tomatoes”. They say that, in the past, tomato plants were separated from the rest because of their propensity to catch pests, which is why they were far from the others: on the side of tomatoes.

Publication Date: 15/12/2018

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