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    Is anyone aware of a dictionary of Panamanian slang (or regionalisms)? It could be monolingual or bilingual. I would appreciate as much information as possible: title, publisher, where it is available, etc. Thank you!

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    Default Re: Panamanian slang dictionary

    I should have mentioned that I am in Costa Rica and will soon be in Panama. A few years ago I was told that such a dictionary exists, but - por burro - I didn't try to locate a copy.

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    Default Re: Panamanian slang dictionary

    Here you have some options I found online:
    http://www.statmyweb.com/site/slangsite.com
    http://www.statmyweb.com/site/internetslang.com
    http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Append...manian_Spanish
    I could not find an actual dictionary though, I'm sorry.

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    Default Re: Panamanian slang dictionary

    Thank you! You are very kind!

    The Wiktionary page was most useful, but I wish it had even more terms. Nevertheless, I found at the link an explanation of something I heard years ago. Returning late one night to the hotel., the receptionist asked if I had seen the "pescadoras". I didn't know the area well and thought that maybe the hotel was closer to the ocean than I had thought. She laughed and said she was talking about the streetwalkers who were "pescando" customers. Wicktionary explains that "pescar" means to look for a sexual partner. The receptionist's joke was based on Panamanian slang.

    I am hoping to find a published dictionary, something in book form that I can use to learn more expressions. I understand that in Panama City there is a bookstore about a block from PriceSmart that may have such a publication. About four years ago I tried many places around El Cangrejo without finding a thing. Surely someone has written such a dictionary. If one exists, eventually I will find it.

    Again, I appreciate your time and effort.

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