Definition: Hair tie. Most commonly used by women 35 and younger.
How it’s used in a sentence: “Do you have a liga? My hair is leeeterally so frizzy.”
Mama & papo
Definition: Pet names. Variations include mami, papi, and mamita.
How it’s used in a sentence: “Mamita, I need a break. Let’s go get a cafecito.” “Papo, your guns are getting swoll.”
Pronunciation: pah-TAH sue-SEE-ah
Definition: Translates to “dirty foot” and refers to someone who removes their shoes in public
How it’s used in a sentence: “My feet hurt so much, I’m gonna barefoot it back to the car. Ay, Luli, you’re such a pata sucia.”
Pronunciation: PARE-oh liiiiiike
Definition: “But, like.” What you say when you immediately want to refute what you just said.
How it’s used in a sentence: “I would’ve been on time, pero liiike there was no parking.”
Pronunciation: kAY boe-lah
Definition: "What’s up?" or "What’s the deal?"
How it’s used in a sentence: Walking into the office in the morning: “Que bolá?”
Definition: Derogatory word for someone that is off the boat from Cuba or in more general terms, a refugee
How it’s used in a sentence: “Usnavi is as refi and straight off the boat as you can get.”
Pronunciation: A shorthand way of saying education reform is needed
Definition: Miami’s version of supposedly
How it’s used in a sentence: “Caro is supposably going on a date with Carlos this weekend.”
Definition: Similar to “very” or “a lot.” The most popular, yet least creative adjective you could possibly ever add to something.
How it’s used in a sentence: “Traffic was liiike suuuper bad dis morning.”
Pronunciation: That great movie with Leo?
Definition: Sorry, tourists, this one’s probably confusing for you. “The Beach” refers to a city, not an actual stretch of sand. This also extends to other parts of Miami, like saying “The Gables” instead of Coral Gables or “The Key” instead of Key Biscayne. And nobody EVER says SoBe. On that note, good luck making West End happen, Kendall.
How it’s used in a sentence: "I’m headed out to The Beach for Art Basel.”
Ya tu sabes
Pronunciation: yah too SAH-bez
Definition: Verbal crutch for “you already know”
How it’s used in a sentence: “The Heat better win the East.” “Ya tu sabes.”
Sign up here for our daily Thrillist email, and get your fix of the best in food/drink/fun.
Miami native and freelance writer Mandy Baca is totally guilty of using all of the above. Irregardless, you should still follow her on Twitter: @mandybaca.