Anything weird or unexpected. I give Miami full credit for coming up with this phrase, which now seems to enjoy more widespread use. Which is, in itself, kind of random.
Example: While getting ready for the getty, I took a Buzzfeed quiz about what my favorite dog says about my love life. Random.
An often disparaging term for a refugee/recent arrival to the U.S. from (usually) Cuba, or from someone who with a style of dress and behavior reminiscent of a recent arrival. A “FOB.” Has heavily classist and rude connotations.
Example: He’s a ref. Or course he’s going to wear chanks to the getty.
7. “What Do You Think of Life?”
Miami’s version of “who do you think you are?”
Example: You waltz into the getty like twenty minutes early when I wasn’t expecting people until like an hour from now. What do you think of life?
Usually a term of endearment, “bro” can be used to describe anyone of any gender or sex in any situation. Unless it’s your teacher or your grandmother. In which case, bro, you’re in for a cocotazo.
Example: Bro, like, I know this seems super random, but. Will you marry me?
13. “American, or Americano/a”
A gringo. It’s not that we’re not patriotic and don’t see ourselves as American, it’s just that Miami is sort of, like. Its own planet.
Example: I mean, sure, I was born in Miami, but I don’t say “get out of the car” because that’s cosa de Americano.
Basically, a regional, mostly Miami-specific version of a chola. There is an element of classicism in this term, which can also refer to a style of dress and personal styling characterized by heavy eyeliner, pronounced lip liner, large hoop earrings, slick hair, and endless glamor.
Example: Caro F. wears lip liner like a chonga and I love it.
An anglicization (Do you see a theme here?) of “chisme,” or gossip.
Example: I have cheese for you, bro. Did you hear that Chris and Caro were kicked out of the formal because he was dogging her? No, Chris B. No, not that Caro. The other Caro. No, the other other Caro.
I also heard that she has a tail, pero like I can’t verify that.
18. “Casa de Yuca”
Someplace far away and/or that’s difficult to get to. Why would I go to a La Carreta que se queda en casa de yuca when I can go to one by my house?
Example: Why would I go to Broward for a getty? That’s like, all the way in casa de yuca. Let’s stick to South Miami.
Suspicious behavior in a tense or potentially dangerous situation, or a situation that has the potential to become tense, uncomfortable, or dangerous.
Example: Bro, don’t even try to talk to Chris B. today. He’s grounded and angry and you’re an instigator and things are going to get super heated.
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