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¿Qué Onda Vos? A Series on Speaking Guatemalan Spanish

“¿Qué onda vos?” is XelaWho’s a monthly guide to speaking Spanish Guatemalan style. This month we’re looking at funny expressions.

Deber hasta el bigote
LITERAL MEANING: To owe up to the moustache.
ACTUAL MEANING: To be deep in debt.

Echar chispas
LITERAL MEANING: To throw sparks.
ACTUAL MEANING:
To be very angry.

Estar como chorizo en la tienda
LITERAL MEANING: To be like sausage in the store.
ACTUAL MEANING:
To be madly in love.

Estar como Dios manda
LITERAL MEANING: To be like God sends.
ACTUAL MEANING: To be a virgin.

Estar de malas pulgas
LITERAL MEANING:
To be of bad fleas.
ACTUAL MEANING:
To be in a bad mood.

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