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» by April 28th, 2010 at 8:19 pm » Comments (0)

A grill is called a parrilla. You can get grilled chicken which is called pollo a la parrilla. Parrilla can be the grill to cook on or it can also be the grill of a car. One forum thread I read suggested that it can be used to refer to the luggage rack on top […]


» by April 27th, 2010 at 8:11 pm » Comments (1)

I thought I understood quincho based on a quick description from a friend. However, as I have lived in Argentina longer I have heard the word used to describe various structures. Some easy translations could be pavilion, shed or work room. However the actual construction is made it seems to have a connection to the […]


» by April 25th, 2010 at 11:31 am » Comments (1)

When something is of low quality or a fake ripoff in Argentina they call it trucho. This can be used for something that is not what it seems; i.e., a pirate taxi company. Apparently this word is used in Uruguay in the same way. Does anyone know of other countries that use trucho like this? […]


» by April 22nd, 2010 at 7:15 pm » Comments (0)

In Mexico the word for pineapple was piña. Here in Argentina it is ananá. The words refer to the exact same fruit, but the Argentine word comes from the Latin scientific name of ananas comosus.


» by April 21st, 2010 at 6:38 pm » Comments (0)

Resulta que un día un hombre decide ir a comprar una estufa. Llega al comercio y le pregunta al encargado: “Disculpe, ¿cuánto cuesta esa estufa?” “Esa estufa cuesta 1500 dólares.” “¡1500 dólares!, pero, eso es una estafa!” “No, no, es una estufa.” It happened that one day a man decided to buy a new stove. […]


» by April 20th, 2010 at 6:02 pm » Comments (1)

A couple of weeks ago we spent some time on the Atlantic coast of Argentina in Mar del Plata. Along the coastal highway I saw signs pointing out different balnearios. I could not figure out what the word exactly meant, but I gathered it had something to do with a private beach or resort area. […]


» by April 18th, 2010 at 6:50 pm » Comments (0)

A placard is a place where you hang your clothes, a closet. It can also mean a cupboard. I have heard the words amario and closet most commonly used in Mexico, but here in Argentina placard seems to be the most common.

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