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Introduction to the elemental Salteño vocabulary

If you're going to Salta, you're going to listen to a set of words typical of the Salta vocabulary and you're going to wonder what they are. Here we help you.

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Each place has unique  flavors , aromas,  music and landscapes, but also a way of speaking and expressing oneself unique. In the north, we have the  Salteño vocabulary . They are a set of words whose meaning, probably, is understood only by the inhabitants of that province.

If a stranger visits  Salta , he may feel overwhelmed, surprised or confused to hear some expressions. “Qué churito”, “chui” or “comamos anchi” are very frequent expressions in the Salteño vocabulary. So we tell you what 10 of these words mean, so that on your visit to Linda you can capture in the act every word they're saying to you:


It is a popular salteño dessert prepared with yellow corn semolina,  lemon  and oranges. It's a typical dessert of the place, so when you hear this word from the Salta vocabulary, you will know that the proposal is a delicious  dessert .


One leg. If you hear the word  chunca  in a sentence, they refer to the legs. You probably listen to her often in some football match, a sport that is lived with a lot of passion in the north.


A way to load on each other. Ideally, that person is a child or younger than us. In other places it is known as  turucutu  or  caballito  . A very visible position with parents carrying their children mounted on their shoulders or back.

 Pile leg 

A relaxing practice, especially in places like Salta and northern Argentina, where the heat strikes hard. It means walking barefoot, without shoes or something that avoids the contact of our feet with the ground.


If someone addresses you as a  churito , stay calm because it means something good. The word serves to indicate that someone is nice, good vibes, copado or cheerful.


It has two uses, one of them is to identify mongrel dogs or dogs that do not have breeds. The other is used to refer to a small dog, increasingly seen in our society.


It is the ball of coca leaves that place in their mouth those who “coquean”, is also known as  accuso .


Word very much heard in a fight, because it means header: “Give him a pilazo.”


It is an  expr  e  sion widely used in the Saltino vocabulary, but not exclusive, it is mentioned throughout the north. It means cold, it is often heard when something cold touches our body.


It's the antonym for  chui . Its origin comes from  Quechua,  which was the  native  language of the region. It serves to indicate heat or something that is burning us.

Publication Date: 09/11/2019

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By: Teresa Martinez 09 November, 2019

Muy buena nota, churito! Teresa..!!

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