Tacaño, Paila, Ladrón – Colombian Gestures

Gestures used in Colombia – and possibly other Spanish-speaking countries


This video briefly explains several gestures used in Colombia (and contains some spelling mistakes). Here are a few additional notes:

Paila literally refers to a large, shallow pan or bowl for cooking and serving food. It can also refer to the food made in such a pan. In Colombia, it also means "ugly." The neck chop gesture is a polite way of indicating that a situation is bad.

Está tetiado is an informal way to say "it’s full" in Colombia. Synonym: estar hasta las tetas

Mucha güeva literally means "a lot of testicle"; it’s used familiarly to say that someone is stupid.

Me tiene la montada – not sure about the literal translation here; all I can find is "Mounties" for montada.

Tacaño means "stingy" in many Spanish-speaking countries. In Mexico, the same gesture is used with the same meaning, but the word that goes with it is codo.

Ladrón = thief.

Grave = serious.

Video courtesy of TravelingtoColombia.

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