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Lunfardo is a language that emerged among the lower class in Buenos Aires in Argentina towards the end of the 19th century. The language was derived from a pidgin language that was mainly used by the first immigrants to Argentina. Much of the Lunfardo dialect was developed by prisoners, as inmates wanted to communicate amongst themselves without being understood by guards. The language has about 5,000 words. The Lunfardo language is closely affiliated to tango music and [...]
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Lunfardo is an argot of the Spanish language which developed in Buenos Aires and Montevideo at the end of the 19th century, with the arrival of European immigrants. Today many Lunfardo expressions have entered into the popular language and have become an integral part of the Spanish spoken in Argentina and Uruguay. Lunfardo is frequently found in the lyrics of tangos, supplying nuances and double-entendres with overtones of sex, drugs, and the criminal underworld. As an argot, it is unintelligible to an average Spanish-speaking person from another country.
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This dictionary was made by Renato B. Figueiredo.
List status: © Renato B. Figueiredo
Lunfardo > English: 2,483 words
English > Lunfardo: 1,300 words
Last update: March 21, 2014
First upload: November 5, 2008
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