Slang languages have come a long way. We often use slang as modern means of communication – while talking to friends and family on social media platforms or while using WhatsApp and other communication apps. As such, Spanglish is another slang language that has taken over the Spanish language. Not only do people use Spanglish while communicating online, but also when talking face to face as well. Overall, Spanglish is used in every Spanish-speaking country and places where the Spanish population resides in a decent proportion.
The thing about slang language is that everyone is aware of them. You know the meaning of different slang words or the internet lingo because you see everyone using them pretty often. And more times than not, the meaning is easily available on the internet as well. So, you would never feel left out either if you are not aware of the particular slang word and its meaning when you can easily Google it.
But when it comes to Spanglish, it is more than just a slang language. “For those who reside in Spanish states and or use Spanglish, they find this sort of an amalgamated language comical in use. Derived from Spanish and English, the vocabulary of Spanglish makes communicating a lot easier.” – says Vasy Kafidoff, CEO at Writing Metier. However, this is slang and, of course, will never take over the official and formal language.
Historians are unable to put a finger on the origin of Spanglish, but it is estimated that people start using it in the early 1800s when Mexico was part of the US land. Conclusively, American and Hispanic culture initiated Spanglish to make the mashup of the two cultures more inclusive while easing the communication.
Top Funny Spanglish Words
To help you understand more about Spanglish, here are some common Spanglish words and their meaning. You’d would love reading about them!
- Releaser, which means to release
- Updatear, which means to update
- Frizar means to freeze
- Es un show stands for it’s a show
- Bibaporú stands for the infamous Vicks VapoRub (which the Hispanics love)
- Estoy full stands for I am full
- Taguear, which means to tag (in coding language)
- El mouse, which stands for a computer mouse
- Googlear, which means to Google (this is a funny one indeed)
- Chequear means to check
- Janguear, which means to hang out
- Machar, which means to match
- Parquear, which means to park
- El parking stands for the parking lot
- Roofo, means the roof (house or building roof)
- ¿Estás ready? Means to ask if you are ready
- Jamberger stands for hamburger (everyone loves a nice, juicy burger)
- Sanweesh stands for sandwhich
- Lonche means lunch
- Los biles means the bills
- Pari stands for party (remember not to party with a lot of people in COVID-19)
- Conflei means cereal
- Pero like translates to ‘but like’
- Ver un show, means to see a particular show, concert, or a dramatic play
- El locker stands for a locker
- El ticket means a ticket you need for entry to a place
- Typear stands for to type
- Diler means someone who deals in selling cars
- Espanish stands for the language Spanish (of course!)
- Rentar means to rent
- Mandar un inbox means to send someone a message on Facebook
Spanglish is not commonly used in written Spanish, especially when it comes to academic writings. It’s more common to hear it in speaking or messaging.
Of course, there’s more to the list of Spanglish words, and we are sure that it will keep increasing as people keep using it as means to communicating with one another.