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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.

Dar el piojo
LITERAL MEANING: To give the leech.
ACTUAL MEANING: To fail miserably.

De un par de balazos
LITERAL MEANING: Of a pair of bullet shots.
ACTUAL MEANING: Very quickly.

En Paleta
LITERAL MEANING: In wooden spoons.
ACTUAL MEANING: Abundantly.

Fregar la pita
LITERAL MEANING: To damage the cactus.
ACTUAL MEANING: To have fun.

Hasta el Quinto Infierno
LITERAL MEANING: Until the fifth hell.
ACTUAL MEANING: Very far away.

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