Tuesday, September 16, 2008


pokemon/pokemona - any adolescent in Chile, a Chilean adolescent with an unstraight, poofy haircut who listens to reggaeton and likes to "poncear" - grope, kiss, etc. randoms at parties and in plazas. The male version is somewhat adrogenous, likes to sport eyeliner and "afeminada" clothing

sinonimo - pendejo, pokemono -- since there are pokemonas, there have most definitely got to be pokemonos. jejeje.
antononym - pelolais

Etymology - A while back, maybe a year or so, I saw an article on emol about adolescents "pelolais". Basically this group started as a fotolog thing, where pretty, tall, thin, virgin adolescents with long hair, tried to get their photos put on other people's fotologs of beautiful people. I couldn't believe emol actually had a report on this group with white-supremist undertones. Than came the "ondulais" and "pokemonas" who had dark hair, and were short and voluptuous, listened to reggaeton and ponceaban a lot. They ended up taking the spotlight away from the pelolais and were invited to Buenos Dias a Todos and were/are the news of the moment.

Chilenismo, informal

Monday, September 15, 2008

te pasaste

te pasaste - you outdid yourself
se pasó - he outdid himself

Oooh! Te pasaste. Me trajiste mi vino preferido.
Oooh! You outdid yourself. You brought me my favorite wine.

Chilenismo, coloquial

Sunday, September 14, 2008

estarse pasando películas

estarse pasando películas - to be imagining things

Marcelo: Oye, ¿atinaste con el pololo de la Maca? Porque uds se fueron de la fiesta juntos el otro día y después la Maca no podía ubicar a su pololo.
Ana María: No, nica, te estás pasando películas con cuático.

Marcelo: Hey, did you hook up with Maca's boyfriend?, because you guys left the party together the other day and afterward Maca couldn't get a hold of her boyfriend.
Ana María: No, absolutely not, you're imagining things.

Chilenismo, coloquial

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


chueco - crooked, twisted, bent, not straight, adj. to describe someone who has crooked legs, tramposo (crooked)

Cuando fui a empastar la tesis, uno de los locales tenía una muestra y las líneas escritas en la portada estaban chuecas. Dificil que alguien empaste la tesis allá.

When I went to get the thesis bound, one of the shops had a sample thesis and the written lines on the cover were crooked. I doubt anyone will bind their thesis there.

Español, pero de uso común en Chilito

Tuesday, September 9, 2008


hinchar - molestar, webear, to bother

Puta, me tienes chata, deja de hinchar las pelotas.
Shit, I'm sick of you, stop bothering me.

hinchar las pelotas, hinchar las bolas - vulgares

Chilenismo, coloquial

Monday, September 8, 2008


pescar - to pay attention to someone. (the normal meaning is "to fish")
no pescar - to ignore someone -- this expression is mostly used in the negative:
No me pesca. He doesn't pay attention to me. He ignores me.

Vero: Ese weón me tiene chata.
Maca: No le pesquís, está puro webeando.

Vero: I'm sick of that dude.
Maca: Ignore him, he's just screwing around.

one of my fave Chilean expressions - pescar. It so helps describe situations here.

Chilenismo, coloquial

Sunday, September 7, 2008


capo - capaz, able

interlocutor 1: Supiste que Diego está haciendo su magister en Alemania? Parece que le ha ido bien.
interlocutor 2: El weón capo.

Speaker 1: Did you know Diego is doing his master's in Germany? It seems he's done well there.
Speaker 2: Smart kid.

synonym: seco

Chilenismo, coloquial

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Está en canadá

Está en canadá - He's in jail. Literally it means "He is in Canada." But figuratively it means "He's in jail."
Está en caná means "he's in jail", "Está en Canadá is just a humourous variation of "Está en caná"

simular expression - Le llevaron precioso. Literally "The took him beautiful." It comes from "Le llevaron preso" which means "They took him as a prisoner." or "They arrested him."

Coa, I believe

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

sacar la vuelta

sacar la vuelta - to milk it. hahahahha. This term is fundamental to the Chilean work vocabulary. hehehehehe. I know, I'm evil. But it's true. See here and here. (Not all Chileans milk it, but it is a common phenomenon here.) Some of my English students wanted me to translate this term the other day.

colega 1: ¿Donde está Diego?
colega 2: Por allí, sacando la vuelta.

colleague 1: Where's Diego?
colleague 2: Over there, milkin' it.


Monday, September 1, 2008


piropo - a flirtatious, flattering comment; a sexual comment

Los obreros siempre me tiran piropos.
The construction workers always send flattering comments my way.

Español normal