“¿Qué onda vos?” is XelaWho’s a monthly guide to speaking Spanish Guatemalan style. This month’s topic: expressions using the verb echar.
The main source of inspiration for this column is the useful book on Guatemalan (and other Latin American) slang ¿Qué Onda Vos? by Juan Carlos Martínez.
LITERAL MEANING: to throw dirt upon..
ACTUAL MEANING: to put out of sight and out of mind, to move on from..
LITERAL MEANING: to throw a pulse.
ACTUAL MEANING: to arm-wrestle, a contest of strength.
LITERAL MEANING: To toss flowers at.
ACTUAL MEANING: to flirt, to complement (to an extreme).
LITERAL MEANING: To emit sparks
ACTUAL MEANING: To be pissed off, to be furious or angry
Echar una araña
LITERAL MEANING: To toss out a spider
ACTUAL MEANING: to take a piss, to urinate, to pee