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3 Words for Ascuas – Episode 10 – Estrafalario

3 Words for Ascuas

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Welcome to episode 10 of 3 Words for Ascuas! This week Ben and Marina discuss wonderful Spanish words and phrases linked to clothes and dress sense, from the origin of katiuskas, to tangas and manoplas.

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Estrafalario – Outlandish
Holgado – Baggy, loose-fitting


Katiuskas – Wellington boots


Aunque la mona se vista de seda, mona se queda – Mutton dressed as lamb
Seda – Silk
Terciopelo – Velvet
El habito no hace al monje – The habit does not make the monk
Zapatero, a tus zapatos – Mind your own business


Liarse la manta a la cabeza – To take the plunge
A buenas horas mangas verdes – What kind of time do you call this, you’re late


Chándal – Track suit
Bata – Dressing gown, robe, doctors coat
Váter – Toilet
Tanga – G-string
Faja – Corset


Jipijapa – Panama Hat (the word is from Ecuador, also means the palm tree used to make these hats)


Sacabotas – Bootjack
A quemarropa – At point blank range


Como a un Cristo dos pistolas – It looks terrible
Ese traje te queda como a un Cristo dos pistolas – That jacket looks awful on you
No pega ni con cola – That doesn’t match at all
Vas hecho un adefesio – You’re a real mess


Meterse en camisa de once varas – To be out of your depth
Varas – Yards


Quedar como un guante – To fit like a glove
Llevar los pantalones – To wear the pants
¿Quién lleva los pantalones en tu casa? – Who’s in charge in your house?
Ir de punta en blanco – Well dressed
Siempre va de punta en blanco – He’s always very well dressed
Estar en cueros – To be naked (also Estar en bolas, en pelotas)


Manoplas – Mittens
Ser un calzonazos – To be a henpecked husband
Rascarse el bolsillo – To pay
A ver si tu padre se rasca el bolsillo y nos invita a algo hijo – Son, let’s see if your dad gets his money out and pays for something
Invitar – To pay for (e.g. a meal, drink)
Canela fina – A delight


No, gracias, estoy mirando – No thanks, I’m just looking
No gracias, solo estoy echando un vistazo – No thanks, I’m just taking a look
Gayumbos – Underpants (slang)
Ligero de ropa – Scantily clad
Aquí la gente va muy ligera de ropa – People are very scantily clad here
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¿Qué le dice un gusano a otro gusano?
Me voy a dar una vuelta a la manzana

What does one worm say to the other?
I’m going to go around the apple/go around the block

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