Monday, May 31, 2010

Allá viene la combi

Before we can talk about what this phrase means, we need to talk about what a combi is.

A picture is worth a thousand words, so here you go:

A combi is nothing than a van, basically your old school Volkswagon van.  I'm sure there are some of you younger folks who've never even seen one.  Well, today's a perfect example of the phrase "there's a first time for everything".  To more pictures of combi's click here.

Anyway, back to the combi.   In Mexico a combi is essentially a taxi.   Anybody and everybody is welcome to ride.  And this my friends, is going lead us to directly the definition of our phrase.

Allá viene la combi
There goes the combi

This phrase sounds so innocent, and it is, if you're actually talking about catching the combi.  And of course, you already know this post isn't about riding the combi

This is something you would say about a woman, and yes, it's disrespectful.  Let's revist our translation and revise it a bit.

Allá viene la combi
There goes the whore

Ah yes, this is much more in the spirit of the blog.

You may be wondering why the word combi is associated with calling a woman a whore. 

Let me give you some equivalent phrases in English :

She's like a doorknob, everybody gets a turn.

She puts out like a coke machine.

You might have figured this out by now, but we still have to ask the question.  Why would a woman be like a combi

Porque todos se le suben
Because everyone gets to ride

And there you have it, albeit I didn't take the most direct route to get the meaning of our phrase.

Well, I hope you at least found this entertaining , and should the opportunity to use this phrase pop up, or if you happen to hear your Mexican amigos say it, you'll have the chance to flex your Spanish muscles and really impress them.

¡Hasta la próxima! 

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