I've already admitted that I'm the gringa of my family, so I would never make fun of somebody for having an accent while making a genuine effort to speak Spanish. Having said that, nothing irks me more than hearing people constantly throw around random Spanish phrases for no apparent reason. You know the ones--the guys who add "amigo" to the end of every sentence or the girls who are always saying "no bueno." I mean, the first time, I can let it go but by the ninth time, it's pretty freaking irritating, right?  

And unfortunately, the media is not exempt from the overuse of these sayings. When I saw a headline this morning that proclaimed that our vice president, Joe Biden, was "en fuego," I figured it was time to take action. So here I present to you, the 10 Spanish phrases Americans need to PLEASE stop using and abusing, for the sake of everyone's (or at least my) sanity.

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  1. No bueno--The only thing that is really "no bueno" is anyone using this incredibly stale saying. You have been to California, we get it.
  2. No se--I've found that for some unknown reason, people like to use this phrase repeatedly to answer questions: "Where are my keys?" "No se." "Did you see them here last night?" "No se." So. Not. Helpful.
  3. Ay caramba--Just don't.
  4. En fuego--You know how you know that this is definitely a cliché? Because no self-respecting Latino would ever use "en fuego" as a description unless something is literally on fire.
  5. Muy caliente--Using this phrase to play on the meaning ("hot" as in temperature or "hot" sexually) is the oldest joke in the book. We get it, moving on.
  6. No problemo--Adding an "o" at the end of an otherwise English phrase does not make this correct. Stop it!
  7. Amigo--Using this among actual friends or acquaintances is one thing but unfortunately, I've found that many Americans use the phrase condescendingly, like "calm down, amigo, I understand you are Hispanic and muy caliente." Again, just don't.
  8. No comprendo--See number 2.
  9. No hablo español/ingles/etc--Unless you are actually trying to convey that you don't speak the language (which is pretty obvious most of the time), what's the point?
  10. Cursing--Good manners and common courtesy keep me from actually writing out the most widely used curses, but for some reason, the first thing most non-Spanish speakers seems to learn are the swear words. Seriously this stopped being cool in the 8th grade! So unless you're in middle school or are 100 percent sure of the meaning of what you're saying and are among friends, don't say them at all.  Otherwise, you could seriously offend other people.

What other Spanish phrases do you think are overused in the public? Tell us in the comments below!

Image via YouTube/Sh*t White Girls Say to Latinas

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Michelle Regalado is a Staff Writer at MamásLatinas. She loves reading, travel, pop culture, and writing about anything and everything.

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maris...

hahahahaha i hate that to, specially the "no problemo"  or any word when they put the "o" at the end like if they were speaking spanish just by putting the  "o" at the end

Jeann...

LOL this cracked me up! 

Spang...

I LOVE this!!! Thanks for writing it because it's so true!!!

nonmember avatar
I hate "Porfavor, please?!" That's just dumb. And when they stick "El" or "La" in front of any English word and then an "O" on the end. Like, "That's El sweeto, amigo!" Ahhhhh!
SEA0701

LMAO!!! Very funny!! Now if you can find a way to putting this article on the national news so they can see it!!!

ML Irina

HAHAHAHA! "Ay Caramba!" (from The Simpsons) definitely drives me UP THE WALL! And I especially hate the whole "o" at the end of a word, like "no problemo!". ARGH! Annoying for sure... thanks for writing this, Michelle!

sophi...

Haha, "Muy Caliente"  is just plain corny!

Cadel...

Hahahahaha, i love this post.

Boric...

I hate when they say "he has c_j_n_s" instead of saying "balls". What they don't know is that word is very vulgar and offensive for a lot of us Latinas. Every time I hear them saying it, I want to kick them in their "balls"!!

LADYI...

LOL@bORICUA212.. I CONCUR.

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