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Tue Sep 26, 2017, 09:25 AM

 

Questions about the word pendejo

Does it mean stupid or asshole?

If it's the latter, is there a milder word?

I'm thinking of using the word pendejo a letter to the editor to refer to a certain orange asshole, but I wonder if the snowflakes at the local paper would keep it or edit it out.

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Reply Questions about the word pendejo (Original post)
47of74 Sep 2017 OP
lunasun Sep 2017 #1
47of74 Sep 2017 #2
TexasProgresive Sep 2017 #3
mitch96 Sep 2017 #7
Gothmog Sep 2017 #4
OregonBlue Sep 2017 #6
COLGATE4 Sep 2017 #5
TlalocW Sep 2017 #8
shanny Sep 2017 #9
PoindexterOglethorpe Oct 2017 #10
Haggis for Breakfast Jul 2018 #11

Response to 47of74 (Original post)

Tue Sep 26, 2017, 09:28 AM

1. Son of a bitch is acceptable . President uses it in public

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Response to lunasun (Reply #1)

Tue Sep 26, 2017, 09:37 AM

2. good point

 

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Response to 47of74 (Original post)

Tue Sep 26, 2017, 09:39 AM

3. I've always heard it defined by my Latino friends as fool

pendejo
noun
US
vulgar slang

A stupid or contemptible person.

Origin

Spanish, literally ‘pubic hair’.
https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/pendejo

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Response to TexasProgresive (Reply #3)

Tue Sep 26, 2017, 10:19 AM

7. Yup, same down here in Miami

I like Cheech and Chong skit on pandejo... or as Tommy Chong said.. "pandecko"



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Response to 47of74 (Original post)

Tue Sep 26, 2017, 09:40 AM

4. Trey Martinez Fischer used this word for the GOP at the Texas Democratic Convention a while back

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Response to Gothmog (Reply #4)

Tue Sep 26, 2017, 10:09 AM

6. I thought it meant public hair and is like calling someone a son of a bitch or a fucker.

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Response to 47of74 (Original post)

Tue Sep 26, 2017, 10:09 AM

5. It means "stupid", a "fool" nt

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Response to 47of74 (Original post)

Tue Sep 26, 2017, 10:30 AM

8. I've always treated it as, "asshole"

I'm sure depending on context, it would have milder meanings. You can't always have a one-to-one translation of every word in one language to another, and if you're unsure if you have the fluency - cultural as well as linguistic, it's best to treat it as if it only means its worst definition. Use estupido, tonto, bobo, etc.



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Response to 47of74 (Original post)

Tue Sep 26, 2017, 11:21 AM

9. For tRump I'd go with "pendejasso"

 

i.e. even bigger pendejo

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Response to 47of74 (Original post)

Sun Oct 1, 2017, 03:26 AM

10. One problem with Spanish is that it is highly dialectical.

So a word that might be totally acceptable in one country is vulgar and unacceptable in polite company in another. Which means, where are you using this word? Or from what country are you taking it?

And it goes beyond mere words. There are grammatical constructions that vary enormously between Spanish speaking countries.

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #10)

Fri Jul 27, 2018, 11:58 PM

11. Yes, HIGHLY dialectical.

I have friends from Mexico who throw it around at each other all the time and they laugh about it. But I got the shock of my life when visited by some friends from Puerto Rico and invited them all for a get together at my house for BBQ. The Islanders were outraged and offended by the word. So, even though they all speak Spanish, the dialectical differences were . . . enlightening.

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