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[*] posted on 1-20-2016 at 10:32 AM


I remember that in High School we used to say that our girl friend was riding the white horse (caballo blanco) at her time of the month. Guess that's why a sanitary napkinn is called caballo in Mexico?



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[*] posted on 2-28-2016 at 12:34 PM


Quote: Originally posted by DENNIS  
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Another....a person from India is known, officially, as a Hindú, whether they practice Hinduism or not.


Actually makes sense as India used to be called Hindustan.
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[*] posted on 4-21-2016 at 12:01 AM


Autoparts have weird names in any language. Odd to foreigners - yes, probably. Or, rather, - "odd to American English speakers". Spanish Semaforo = traffic light, is a legitimate English and French term for railway signalling devices - English spelling is Semaphore. How many Americans use railways? :) ... Rhetorical question...
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[*] posted on 4-21-2016 at 05:17 AM


"sin fin" could perhaps refer to anything round---a circumference has no end (aka pi)?
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[*] posted on 4-21-2016 at 05:24 AM


Chezgete (cheez-get-A) is a tube.



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[*] posted on 4-21-2016 at 06:58 AM


Steering column=Tornillo sin fin
Tornillo=screw=threaded column but with no ending point

My two centavos:D




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[*] posted on 4-21-2016 at 03:15 PM


My last trip I heard a cold beer called a "Chevy"

Never heard that one before
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[*] posted on 4-22-2016 at 07:28 AM


Tomas,
Cerveza=cheve, somebody sometime decided to cut the word and also to give it a funky pronunciation at the start of it, very popular.




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[*] posted on 4-22-2016 at 12:38 PM


I noticed that many cars posted for sale around the neighborhood in La Paz featured a "quemacocos". Why would a car need to burn coconuts? Biofuel? I felt like a fool when the locals explained that it was a sunroof. Clever Mexicans! There actually is a more "proper" term - techo corredizo - that nobody uses.



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