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    Hi all, Ive recently received a text message from a number that i believe is from Colombia. The message read "porque si no tiene oficio mas bien le timbra ala vieja de su abuela." I believe there may be a typo ("ala" should be "a la") but i don't know if thats what it is supposed to be.
    Thanks for any info you may be able to give.
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    A la vieja (timbrar a alguien)

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    And what could that text possibly mean?

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    I haven't heard this verb in this way, but the context may indicate that 'As he is down and out he is prone to scrounge his old granny'

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    Well thank you for your help, probably just a wrong number or something.

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    I don't know if Usted is not implicit (i.e. the sentence would be "porque si no Ud. tiene oficio..."). If that is the case, I would translate it: "Because if you are down and out, you'd better go ring the bell at your old granny's door".

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    I think gentle is right. It makes a lot more sense this way.

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    Thanks Sol! But I have realized I made a typo as it should be:"porque si Ud. no tiene oficio..."

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    Since 'timbrar' also refers to a telephone, I think this person is trying to stop someone from calling his/her number.

    "If you have nothing better to do, go call (bother) your old grandma".
    Last edited by Xˇchitl L.; 08-17-2011 at 09:21 AM.

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    Great improvement!

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