List of Puerto Rican slang words and phrases

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This article is a summary of common slang words and phrases used in Puerto Rico. Idiomatic expressions may be difficult to translate fully and may have multiple meanings, so the English translations below may not reflect the full meaning of the expression they intend to translate.

  • Estar por la luna - Literally, "to be as if on the moon". To be clueless[1][specify]
  • Limber - Also, "limbel". A home-made flavored frozen treat usually made from natural fruits or sweet milk mixtures and often served on a small piece of water-resistant paper, a plastic or paper cup, or a popscicle stick.[2] It is generally sold out of the homes and not in stores.[3] The name is said to have originated from the last name of Charles Lindbergh after the islanders noticed how "cold" he was as compared to the warmth of the locals during Lindbergh's visit to the Island in 1928.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Buena Vista: life and work on a Puerto Rican hacienda, 1833-1904. Guillermo A. Baralt. Page 75. University of North Carolina Press. 1999. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
  2. ^ La Mancha que me Persigue. Jose M. Rodriguez Matos. Palibrio: Bloomington, Indiana. Page 45. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  3. ^ LIMBER en la Cultura Puertorriqueña. Foros Univision. 20 February 2008. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  4. ^ Origen de la palabra "límber". CoquiSnacks. com Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  5. ^ Sánchez, Marta E. (2009). Shakin' Up Race and Gender: Intercultural Connections in Puerto Rican, African American, and Chicano Narratives and Culture (1965–1995). University of Texas Press. p. 155. ISBN 9780292774780.