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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Theresa Peleja
Theresa Peleja

Natalie Manrique pero like its super definitive bro

Tamara Rivera
Tamara Rivera

Not just a Miami thing. Irregardless is a real word. ;) And I'm guilty of using a lot of these! Lol!

Linda Evans
Linda Evans

Richard Evans. Luz Estrella Evans. Robert Evans. So funny.

Lisa Antonia
Lisa Antonia

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Alisa Grant
Alisa Grant

Barbara Pita I knew I was in another country all weekend Stephanie Pita

Elizabeth Gonzalez
Elizabeth Gonzalez

Que Cute!! lol I was trying to explain to some coworkers the other day what a chonga is and what Refi meant. WHAT A MISSION!! lol (they didn't get it)

Samira Yanel
Samira Yanel

Ashamed of how many of these I actually use

Ivan De Moya
Ivan De Moya

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jillianmeetsworld
jillianmeetsworld

You forgot "Peepee Caca" 


"Bro, this shit taste like peepee caca!"

Amanda Paya
Amanda Paya

Bro, Christina...I've never heard bro so many times in my life until I met Alex bro.

Lidia Soicher
Lidia Soicher

Andrea Doo bro, dont forget la saguesera when youre up north,trying not to be all pata sucia. Dale!

Yanet Alonso
Yanet Alonso

Danae Bonilla Oye ...respeta! \U0001f602

Barbara Pita
Barbara Pita

Alisa Grant make sure to study these with Stephanie Pita

Maria Febles Sagues
Maria Febles Sagues

Nostalgic and then relief. Parking in south beach really is a mission.

Maria Febles Sagues
Maria Febles Sagues

And I literally didn't know I had a Miami accent or that there was a Miami dialect until I moved!!!! Super like crazy bro

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