Not logged in [Login - Register]

Go To Bottom
Printable Version  
Author: Subject: Who wears the pants in this house?
Super Nomad


Posts: 1246
Registered: 5-23-2013
Location: Centerville, MA, USA
Member Is Offline

[*] posted on 11-5-2020 at 08:50 AM
Who wears the pants in this house?

The subject line is a fairly familiar American expression basically asking who is the dominant spouse. Naturally there are different ways of saying roughly the same thing in different languages. I'm curious about how this expression might be translated in Spanish, and how that might vary from country to country.

Ben and Marina of "Notes in Spanish", who emphasize Castilian Spanish, offer:

¿Quién corta el bacalao en casa? (translation: "Who cuts the cod at home").

Has anyone heard this rendering - or others - in Mexico?

Visit my Dreams of Pescadero blog:
View user's profile Visit user's homepage

Posts: 10
Registered: 8-26-2020
Member Is Offline

[*] posted on 11-5-2020 at 09:43 AM

"quien tiene los pantalones en esta casa?" which is almost exactly the same thing as you mentioned is used here commonly in mexico

"por mis huevos" is a little more crude but iv'e hear it used as well
roughly it is "because of my eggs(balls)" which is basically some one in the relationship saying they rule...funny thing is iv'e heard some women say this before...

cant think of any others right now

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” Frank Herbert
View user's profile
Super Nomad


Posts: 2196
Registered: 11-13-2007
Location: Loreto/Manhattan Beach/Rancho La Bufadora
Member Is Offline

Mood: I'd rather regret the things I've done than regret the things I haven't done.

[*] posted on 11-5-2020 at 10:48 AM

NOB I have heard "I wear the pants in the family, they might be pedal pushers, but I still wear the pants!"

[Edited on 11-5-2020 by Howard]

We don't stop playing because we grow old;
we grow old because we stop playing
George Bernard Shaw

View user's profile

Posts: 163
Registered: 6-1-2010
Location: San Diego Ca
Member Is Offline

Mood: Negra Modelo

[*] posted on 11-5-2020 at 02:44 PM

Not exactly the equivalent that you are looking for but there is a VERY popular expression in Baja about men that are submissive in their home (relationship), "P-nche mandilon", it basically refers to who is the one wearing the mandil (apron) around the house.

\"There are many dangers in Baja. The most serious of which is not going.\" Christophe Noel (EXPO)
View user's profile
Super Nomad

Posts: 1604
Registered: 4-23-2006
Member Is Offline

[*] posted on 11-6-2020 at 07:35 AM

thanks nando.
View user's profile

  Go To Top


All Content Copyright 1997- Q87 International; All Rights Reserved.
Powered by XMB; XMB Forum Software © 2001-2014 The XMB Group

"If it were lush and rich, one could understand the pull, but it is fierce and hostile and sullen. The stone mountains pile up to the sky and there is little fresh water. But we know we must go back if we live, and we don't know why." - Steinbeck, Log from the Sea of Cortez


"People don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care." - Theodore Roosevelt


"You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who they think can do nothing for them or to them." - Malcolm Forbes


"Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else's hands, but not you." - Jim Rohn


"The best way to get the right answer on the internet is not to ask a question; it's to post the wrong answer." - Cunningham's Law

Thank you to Baja Bound Mexico Insurance Services for your long-term support of the Forums site.

Emergency Baja Contacts Include:

Desert Hawks; El Rosario-based ambulance transport; Emergency #: (616) 103-0262