Caló Previous Episodes

Caló: Aguas!

Órale, today we’re going to talk about the expression “aguas.” In Spanish, it means simply water. In Caló, it means brace yourself for you’re about to get hit.

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Caló: Al alva, ese

Today we’re going to talk about the warning expression, “al alva.” Albo, alternatively alba, in Spanish means daybreak and the general area of the color spectrum closest to white. In Caló it means be lively, engage, and get ready because here it comes or it’s about to start. It’s one of the various nuances of a long string of warning expressions in Caló, along with aguila, trucha, ojo, watchale, and aguas.

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Caló: You better get trucha, ese

Órale, the Caló word today is ‘trucha.’ It means trout in Spanish, but in Caló trucha means en garde, check things out or look at everything closely. Before I go further, however, I want to mention a similar word we covered a couple of episodes ago, aguila, which means eagle. Like trucha, it’s one of the nuances of telling someone to watch out. The next four episodes will be dedicated to this segment of human communication. Aguila is what you use when the subject causing the alert is attacking or otherwise seeking you out, like a rattlesnake. You want to use aguila in these case because eagles will defeat rattlesnake. So be ‘aguila.’ Trucha is different in that the threat is not specifically known, as in crossing a high-speed intersection.

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Caló: Cala?

Órale, the Caló word today is ‘calar.’ In Spanish, it’s the verb for stab or penetrate. In Caló, it means to hurt or insult. When you take offense, you say it in the same way as when you catch a rock in your shoe: cala.

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Caló: Let’s echarnos

Órale, the Caló word of the day is ‘echarse.’ It’s the Spanish verb for toss, put, lay on, or oust. In Caló, echarse means to slump, give up, or got to bed. The general aesthetic or image that’s conveyed with the term is that of retiring or succumbing to the challenge of the moment, whether it’s a conflict, daunting challenge or merely fatigue.

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