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Things Spaniards say when they’re really mad

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If a Spaniard tells you to 'go fry asparagus', you'd better get out of sight fast in case they start 'giving off sparks'.

Besides the ubiquitous swear words that pepper the Spanish language – albiet with less negative connotation than English swear words – here are some colourful phrases the Spaniards say when they're mad and they mean it.

1. Go fry asparagus: Vete a freír espárrago

Leave, get out of my sight. Frying asparagus is just one of the things we can tell you to do. We can also send you to the horn (vete al cuerno) and many other places you shouldn’t repeat in front of children.

2. I’m up to my balls/nose/bun/…: Estoy hasta los huevos/las narices/el moño

Enough! I’m sick of it and I won’t stand it for much longer, so you better get out of here

3. You have such a big snout: Qué morro tienes

You have a real nerve, always asking for favors and never doing anything for us!

4. May a lightning break you: Que te parta un rayo

You’re lucky we’re simple muggles.

5. I give off sparks: Estoy que echo chispas

I’m about to explode, so don’t you dare coming any closer.

6. Don’t look for me, you might find me: No me busques que me encuentras

You’re practically asking for trouble!

7. I’m of such a bad grape/milk/host: Estoy de una mala uva/leche/hostia

I’m in a bad mood. A really bad mood. Get out of here.

8. Are you dumb or…?: ¿Tú eres tonto o…?

We have many combinations. Are you dumb or do you comb bald people? ¿Eres tonto o peinas calvos? Are you dumb or do you sweep beaches? ¿Eres tonto o barres playas? You get the idea, right? And no, you never win.

9. You’re slower than the bad guy’s horse: Eres más lento que el caballo del malo

Hurry up.

10. Dumber and you wouldn’t have been born: Más tonto y no naces

You wouldn’t have found the way out of your mother’s womb, that’s how dumb you are.

11. I’m getting hot: Me estoy calentando…

Careful. You don’t want to see what happens when I explode.

12. Don’t get inside where you’re not called: No te metas donde no te llaman

This is none of your business, and no one asked for your opinion.

13. The oven is not open for buns: El horno no está para bollos

This is not the best moment to ask if you can borrow my car or confess you broke my laptop.

14. I’ll lower your smokes: Te voy a bajar los humos

You won’t walk and talk so proud of yourself.

15. You’re looking for my tickles: Me estás buscando las cosquillas

And I won’t exactly laugh when you find them.

16. I’ll sing the forty to you: Te voy a cantar las cuarenta

Get away, I bet you don’t want to hear the melody.

17. I’ll put the dots over the 'i's for you: Te voy a poner los puntos sobre las íes.

Let’s be very clear. You won’t be able to say you thought I didn’t care if you arrived late to work.

Ana Bulnes / Reprinted with permission of Matador Network.

Ana Bulnes Ana decided to become a journalist when she was 16 because she wanted to travel and get free tickets to gigs and music festivals. After spending a few years claiming she would live anywhere but in Spain, she is back home in Vigo, thinking it's not that bad after all. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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1 Comment To This Article

  • Josephin posted:

    on 23rd March 2016, 13:39:49 - Reply

    Nice article, absolutely demonstrating how inventive, pitoresque & creative the Spanish language is! Which is very positive!! Yet the longer you live here, you realize that it does not take much to upset anybody here...;)