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Lunfardo

A language composed of influences of different languages. Although its base is Italian, it uses Sicilian, African, Aymara, Mapuche, Jewish, Gypsy, Spanish, Galician, Quechua, Arab guaraníes, Polish, Portuguese and English words or expressions. It was originated in the nineteenth century in the neighborhood of Palermo after the many immigrants who arrived in the city. It is an exaggerated way of speaking, typical of the suburbs.
Some of the words used in the everyday language:
  • laburo: (from the italian "lavoro") as a synonym for work;
  • fiaca: ("fiacca" weakness in Italian); reluctance, laziness;
  • mufa (mold): nuisance and bad luck;
  • mina: girl in Lombard dialect;
  • gamba: (leg) is someone who helps or good intentions, also one hundred pesos because "help";  
  • gambetea: dodge;
  • minga: nothing in Lombard dialect;
  • yeta (from the italian "gettare"): bad luck;
  • yira/yiro (spinning, spinning): street prostitute;
  • atenti (eye): care;
  • salute (health in Italian);
  • cuore (heart in italian): if someone says you want it to say I love you heart to heart;
  • Piantao: crazy (italian);
  • Blast: thief (prison);
  • Gil: silly (italian);
  • Junar: watch (caló Gypsy-Spanish);
  • Chabón:'Chambon' (now 'boy') (Castilian);
  • Chamuyar: speak seductor (caló Gypsy-Spanish);
  • Firulete: step complicated (Galician-French);
  • Pilch: clothing (Quechua);
  • Papirus: beautiful woman (Polish);
  • Pucho: cigarette (quechua);

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