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    Default What does "gilipollas" mean?

    Hi, I've heard this derogatory slang many times and don't dont get it. Apparently, it can mean many things depending on the context. I think it is commonly used in Spain as to refer to many different things.
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    Default Re: What does "gilipollas" mean?

    To be extremely dumb. Is a word used mainly in Spain and not common in Latin America

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    Default Re: What does "gilipollas" mean?

    In Argentina we say: "no seas boludo" o "boludeces".

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    Default Re: What does "gilipollas" mean?

    When somebody calls another person a "gilipollas," it means something like "You dumb idiot!"

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    Default Re: What does "gilipollas" mean?

    Is that an insult?
    Because sometimes "boludo" can be used to show closeness if I am right. LOL

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    Default Re: What does "gilipollas" mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by iyuanobi View Post
    Is that an insult?
    Because sometimes "boludo" can be used to show closeness if I am right. LOL
    Yeah, I'd say it's Spain's equivalent. I mean, this happens in every language. Depending on the tone and closeness, the same word can have opposite meanings.

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    Default Re: What does "gilipollas" mean?

    I see, makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francot View Post
    Yeah, I'd say it's Spain's equivalent. I mean, this happens in every language. Depending on the tone and closeness, the same word can have opposite meanings.
    Those type of words are so hard to handle for foreigners: you basically don't know if something is being friendly, or insulting you!

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    Default Re: What does "gilipollas" mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by nabylm View Post
    Those type of words are so hard to handle for foreigners: you basically don't know if something is being friendly, or insulting you!
    I think the rule of thumb here could be: If the person calling you a boludo or a gilipollas is your friend and they are smiling while saying the word to you, then they are being frinedly. Otherwise, they are not.

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