Miami Slang Glossary: Pero Like, It's Super-Definitive, Bro

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Some visitors might prepare for a trip to Miami by brushing up on their high school Spanish. Which is silly because most of the people they'll actually run into here speak English. Sure, the English here may be peppered with Spanglish phrases and local sayings, and is often delivered in the distinct Miami dialect. So to help our city's many visitors, Riptide has put together a handy glossary of Miami slang. Common words and phrases are defined, and some are used in sentences (often in the way they would be commonly heard in Miami, and then how the phrases might be used if they ever escaped the 305).

Of course, our glossary is a work in progress. If we've missed anything, feel free to add it in the comments, and if it's legit, we'll gladly add it to the Miami Slang Glossary.

See also: The 11 Strangest Miami Terms on Urban Dictionary

Bro - Pretty much anyone being addressed regardless of gender or age. The term is often used to begin or end a sentence.

  • "Bro, like, let's go to the Beach and get a bottle tonight, bro."
  • "Bro, your home loan has not been approved."

Broward - Unless specifics are truly needed (and they rarely are), pretty much anywhere in Broward County is referred to simply as Broward. In fact, most of southern Palm Beach County can also be referred to as Broward.

  • "He says he goes to FAU, but I'm not going to drive all the way up to Broward to see him."
  • "Toronto is so far north it's practically in Broward."

Bueno - Translates to "good" but is peppered through Spanglish liberally and can mean things like "well," depending upon the context.

Cafecito - Cuban espresso made from a dark roast coffee with a sugary cream added to the pitcher. Also, the reason you will rarely hear the word "espresso" in Miami outside of Starbucks or fancy restaurants.

Casa Yuca - Somewhere extremely far out of the way. Other variations include BFE (butt-fuck Egypt) and casa de carajo.

  • "I have a date tonight, but I have to drive all the way to Casa Yuca to pick her up."
  • "Amazon doesn't add any extra charges to ship to Casa Yuca."

Chanx - The shortened form of chancletas (the Spanish word for flip-flops). Not only a popular footwear option in Miami, but also a popular child-rearing tool.

  • "Grab your chanx -- we're going to the beach."
  • "Karl Lagerfeld shocked the fashion world today by unveiling a groundbreaking collection of Chanel chanx."


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gabrielgmendoza
gabrielgmendoza

un barco (sellout) 

what do you think of life

fuckin-a

niooooooo

loca 

mav1123
mav1123

I heard a new one today.  Well new for me anyway, it is "communistoide" it means a commie like entity, that is not a full blown card carrying member of the communist party but bears some if not of all of the characteristics of a full blown communist.

vicequeenmaria
vicequeenmaria

Hey Kyle, are you guys going to cover Freddy Stebbins' one-man comedy show this Saturday?  He has a character named Lizette who is all over this ... it's at the Fillmore ... I'm not his promoter or anything, he's just a friend but this article reminded me of him.  Good stuff.  -- Maria de los Angeles 

haniibananii731
haniibananii731

Mad- a lot, very, severe

Heated- angry, someone who is going to lose their temper

D'd Up- Full, max capacity

Wack- lame, not cool, annoying


scj4u2
scj4u2

donde "ya tu sabes"??

llmock
llmock

Casa de la yuca, but you have to run it all together. What about "cag" or "tremendous cagáo"

ortega1
ortega1

A lot of these aren't unique to Miami at all---MOST of them, in fact. Of course, if you spend all your time in Dade County you may not be aware of that.

Lily Ramirez
Lily Ramirez

Umm what's that slang??? I don't like that it's look pretty low

Ayme1
Ayme1

How about I can't or can't deal or the struggle is real? I've heard those lately and Biff and Biffle or my big/little...

Sayad Khan
Sayad Khan

Can someone tell me who "Dale!" is? Pitbull seems to have lost him.

blaze420
blaze420

BFE is bum fuck Egypt, not butt fuck!

Rick Amador
Rick Amador

Chonga language here to stay all thanks to the new generation latin. Oye acere k vola brothe....the new ignorants are here to stay....dale.

Jorge Garcia Jr
Jorge Garcia Jr

I feally cannot stand Miami people talking around me! I was born & raised there! I left when I was 16 and then realized how stupid they sounded! Yeah very stupid

Heather Alina Molina
Heather Alina Molina

I was born & raised in Miami and still to this day I use a few of these every day!!

Heather Rogerson
Heather Rogerson

Tony Prieto its the truth! Like Massachusetts has its lingo. As an English speaker I can tell you my teens in Miami I constantly used bro, on a mission, and eating shit. No one stereotyping Latins. This language more popular with younger crowd just like "cool, sweet, phat, tight, etc... just street lingo dont be so uptight

Christian Velez
Christian Velez

Food Network host Ina Garten is said to be working on a Telemundo version of her show with the working title The Pata Sucia Contessa..... laughed so hard

Joao De Nacimiento
Joao De Nacimiento

Hahaha! I've never heard of Casa Yuca, but I have "Casa Del Carajo!"

Ernie Torres
Ernie Torres

Half of these phrases I have never heard of, where is this guy getting his info from? If he wants to hear "REAL" Miami dialect he needs to go to the hood. He missed: 1."What dey do lil mama?" 2."Mutt-bucket" 3."Chico" 4."Miquinbin!" 5."Que bola Asere?" 6."Your a Fuck Nigga!" 7."Que Vuelta?" 8."Ñoooooooo! "

j.pollo
j.pollo

Embarkation: The guy gave me an embarkation, bro!

mav1123
mav1123

@blaze420  Yeah you are from the U.K.? Otherwise it is Butt Fuck Egypt!

Exiliado
Exiliado

@blaze420  The writer was betrayed by his own subconscious mind. 

Butt sounded more attractive than bum, I suppose. LOL

mav1123
mav1123

Just because you moved away doesn't mean you have to be an "arrepentido"  Dale!

Exiliado
Exiliado

You are such an idiot!


Slang and dialects are everywhere. You have them in L.A and New York. Totally different!!

People in Chicago speak way differently than people from Louisiana or South Carolina or Texas.


Neither of them sounds stupid, just different. Miami has its own different style too. That's the beauty of a live language.


Your hateful comment sounds stupid.


Ayme1
Ayme1

They used it wrong it's more like "Eso esta en casa la yuca" not Casa yuca.

Ayme1
Ayme1

They missed a few! And used some incorrectly...

Jenny378
Jenny378

That's where he would go if he was writing something on adults in Miami or ghetto talk in Miami. For people in their 30s (ish) who are relatively educated and speak predominantly English, this list is very accurate. 

Ayme1
Ayme1

Bum and butt is the same thing. Bum is euro for ass.. What they did get wrong is how they used ratchet and it's "En casa la yuca" not casa yuca.

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