Miami is a melting pot of people from all over the world that speak many different languages — pero tengo que decirte que the most dominant is Spanglish. Even Miamians who weren’t raised in a Spanish-speaking household have a basic knowledge of the language. Being so close in proximity to Cuba, it makes sense that Miami is home to the largest Cuban-American population in the country and that Spanish is so common in South Florida.
Now, we recently shared things only people from Florida say, and although those phrases are common to the entire state, there are plenty more that are unique to the Spanglish-speaking community of Miami. If you’ve lived in the 305 (the area code Miamians take much pride in) you’ll know what to do when your mom says “Mamita, get down and get a pub-sub please” or what it means to hear the latest “chisme about the pata sucia at last week’s getty.”
Lost? Check out what these words mean in our list of things only people from Miami say.