21 Words That Have A Totally Different Meaning When You’re Mexican

Every Juan pay attention.

1. “Flip-flop”

What it usually means: A light sandal with a thong between the toe.

What it means when you’re Mexican: You mother’s own version of hands off parenting.

2. “Soccer”

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What it usually means: A sport you get excited about only during the World Cup.

What it means when you’re Mexican: A word nobody uses, but actual fútbol is religion.

3. “Must see TV”

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What it usually means: Primetime programming throughout the week.

What it means when you’re Mexican: Spending three hours watching Don Francisco on Saturday.

4. “Oven”

What it usually means: An appliance used for baking.

What it means when you’re Mexican: Where your mom keeps all her pots and pans.

5. “Selena”

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What it usually means: Selena Gomez, an American actress and singer.

What it means when you’re Mexican: Selena Quintanilla, the Queen of Tejano and Mexican version of Madonna.

6. “Christmas Dinner”

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What it usually means: Turkey, ham, and egg nog.

What it means when you’re Mexican: Tamales, tamales, and more tamales.

7. “7UP”

What it usually means: A lemon lime-flavored drink.

What it means when you’re Mexican: A drink your mother believed could cure anything.

8. “Bingo”

What it usually means: A game you play at bingo halls matching numbers on cards.

What it means when your Mexican: Playing lotería at your tias house using beans and pennies.

9. “Bimbo”

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What it usually means: A derogatory term for an an attractive but empty-headed young woman.

What it means when you’re Mexican: The best damn bread brand company ever.

10. “First Aid”

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What it usually means: Immediate treatment for an injury.

What it means when your Mexican: Singing “Sana, sana, colita de rana…” and applying sangre de chango.

11. “Sunday”

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What it usually means: A relaxing day with family.

What it means when you’re Mexican: Going to mass no matter how sleepy or crudo you might be.

12.Cinco de Mayo

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What it usually means: A day to drink, be merry, and celebrate Mexican culture.

What it means when your Mexican: Watching non-Mexicans get drunk over a holiday you have little interest in.

13. “15”

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What it usually means: Your fifteenth year of life.

What it means when you’re Mexican: A year full of limos, chambelanes, choreographed dances, padrinos, and madrinas.

14. “Chivas”

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What it usually means: A smooth, blended Scottish whiskey.

What it means when you’re Mexican: One of the definitive Mexican soccer teams.

15. “VapoRub”

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What it usually means: A mentholated gel used to treated cold symptoms.

What it means when you’re Mexican: A magical rub that can mend broken bones, cure headaches, and erase dirty thoughts.

16. “Kid’s Party”

What it usually means: A kids birthday celebration with games, cake, and punch.

What it means when you’re Mexican: A celebration with asado, piñatas, and plenty of “beverages” for the adults.

17. “Taco Bell”

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What it usually means: A Mexican fast food restaurant.

What it means when you’re Mexican: A place that sells nothing but chingaderas.

18. “Ice Cream Man”

What it usually means: The man who rides in a truck selling frozen treats to kids.

What it means when you’re Mexican: The paletero who pushes his handmade cart through the barrio selling everything you can think of.

19. “Diet”

What it usually means: Monitoring your food intake to lose weight and get healthier.

What it means when your Mexican: Cutting back on tortillas.

20. “Water hose”

What is usually means: A hollow tube used to water your plants.

What it means when you’re Mexican: What you drink out of in the summer when it’s too damn hot.

21. “Family”

What it usually means: Immediate relatives consisting of your mother, father, and siblings.

What it means when you’re Mexican: A group consisting of 30 plus people, from tios to tias and everyone else in-between.

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