In Panama, the official language is Spanish, but it has evolved to have phrases that are unique to the Panamanian environment, a lot of them are derivatives from English. Here are few phrases or slangs that foreigners must keep them in mind.
The most use phrases or slangs are:
- When a Panamanian is broke, he is “Limpio”.
- When a Panamanian has a hangover, he’s “Engomao”.
- When a Panamanian says “Chuleta (pork)” he is not asking for food rather it’s an expression of surprise.
- When a Panamanian tells you a story, he is “Tirando cinta”.
- If a Panamanian is gossiping, this is “Bochinchando”.
- Panamanians don’t make fun of people, instead “Te revientan”.
- A Panamanian will never talk nonsense to you, if he does “Hablas paja”.
- When you hear “agarra la Chiva” they’re not sending you to a farm, they’re telling you to take the bus.
- Having bad luck is nothing more than being “Salado” which means salty.
- When it’s time to go to party, the Panamanian way of saying is “Vamos arrancarnos”.
- If you did something very well, they’ll probably tell you “la Botastes”.
- And if you did very badly, then, “La cagastes”.
- If you are a mediocre person, or your situation is not the best, they will tell you “estas en Panga”.