Friday, November 28, 2008

Word of the Day: Queque

Queque is a word for 'cake' that is very similar to its English translation. Many Latin Americans outside of Costa Rica will correct you when you say queque, instead preferring the more Spanish word pastel or torta.

In Chile they use the word queque for cake, but also use it for buttocks. Whenever I tell Costa Ricans this, they think it's kind of goofy. Well, it might be, but I always remind them:

"Uds. (los ticos), sí, tienen razón porque un queque no siempre viene partido"

"You Costa Ricans are right because a cake doesn't always come separated into pieces."

I'm not sure how well this translates, but I always got a good laugh out of it.

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