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TicoGlossary N˚3


We are back with brand new lexicon and phrases of the Costa Rican slang. This time we included some less common words but that sooner than later you will hear in a conversation.


Funny Words …

Estornaco/Pichirilo:Old car or in very bad shape.

Molote:Agglomeration of people, overcrowding.

Ñangazo:Big bite.

Corrongo:Something visually attractive, graceful or fun.

Guava:Good luck, lucky action.

Pachanga/Tafies:Party, celebration.




Speaking of ‘finances’:

Güevo / Chisca / Camay / Harina (flour): Money

Andar pelado (bald) /Limpio (clean) /Lavado(washed): Without money.

Amarrar el perro (to moor the dog): To leave a debt without paying.

Chivo(goat): Man financially supported by his wife or lovers.

Codo(elbow) / Pinche / Agarrado: Stingy.

Hueso(bone): Client who inquires prices and details but buys nothing.

Trinquetero: Person of dishonest habits or involved in illicit businesses.



Popular adjectives… for unpopular people.

Jetas: Rumormonger, indiscreet or that exaggerates the things.

Bicho(bug): Trickster, unreliable person

Bombeta:Uninhibited person, extroverted, loud and participative.

Sampaguavas:Flatterer, servile.

Dolor de huevos (egg’s pain): Annoying or problematic person, or wearisome task.

Culo de 3 nalgas (3 buttock ass): Smug, arrogant.

Fachento:Person of neglected aspect or badly dressed.

Jupón:Person with big head; also stubborn or obstinate.

Choricero:Corrupt person. Who gives or receives bribes, illicit favors, etc.

Juanvainas/Sorompo/Apiaguavas: Clumsy or with low intellectual capacity.




Batear: A sport of multitudes!

As popular as soccer, bateo is a very easy to practice national sport. It only requires two players and one question.

How does it work? A questioner inquires about any subject and the person consulted does not know the answer. Instead of simply replying I DON’T KNOW, begins the ritual that starts the bateo match: A slow gaze at the sky followed by a silence of 5 to 15 seconds, depending on the expertise and creativity of the bateador.  Bateo has begun…

During the initial seconds, the bateador will think quickly to find or improvise an answer. He will take a leap and make his masterful move, sharing his answer with a face full of conviction.

How to recognize a professional bateador? The easiest is to let them find you! Simply visit a concurred place, turn around your axis like looking for something, wear your best interrogation face and in a few seconds, a gentile bateador will approach you ready to “help”.



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