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As tango says, in Argentina we live in our cambalache. Because here “the one who doesn't cry doesn't mama and the one who doesn't want to do is a gil.”

As we are
Cambalache

  Enrique Santos Discépolo   already said it about the Argentines of his time: this is a  cambalache  . With that word, with that tango, he defined a lot of our idiosyncrasy. Because a little we like to be  alive and advantageous . But we don't like it when the other one is stoking up. Or when you take advantage of it is one.

And so “we live wandering in a meringue, and in the same mud all groped,” as  Discepolin said. Although we also have our good part: we are supportive and good friends. But, from this cambalache, it's hard to get out:

The one who doesn't cry does not mama
And the one who doesn't want to do is a gil
, just give it!
Give it, it's going!
That there in the oven
we're going to find us!
Think no more, sit down to a Lao
That no one matters if you were born honor
It is the same thing who labors
Night and day like an ox
That he who lives on others
That he who kills, that he who heals
Or is out of the law!

Publication Date: 03/07/2019

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