21 Dominican Slang Terms That You Probably Use All the Time

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Can we just take a second to acknowledge that Dominicans are some of the funniest people on the planet? It doesn’t matter what we’re going through, you can always count on us to come through with the playful jokes and Dominican comedy. With that said, part of our humour is rooted in how we play with language. There’s no denying that Dominicans have their own version of Spanish – that’s why, why when other Latinxs find themselves in a room filled with chatty Spanish-speaking Dominicans, they can’t always keep up or understand what we’re saying.

We love to break up words and even merge English with Spanish. For instance, while most Latinxs refer to gum as goma, Dominicans like to refer to it as chicle, which comes from the gum brand Chiclets. Most of us grew up hearing our parents refer to cereal as conflé, which comes from the Kellogg’s Corn Flakes cereal brand. So much slang (like vaina and vacano) has become a part of everyday language – Dominican comedians like Aida Rodriguez regularly drop our slang words in their standup. While these words and phrases aren’t officially in the dictionary, they might as well be – you won’t find a Dominican who doesn’t frequently use most of the slang terms ahead. If you’re Dominican, you’ll nod along, and if you’re not, you’ll feel like you’re legit learning a new language. But one thing’s for sure: you’ll laugh at the meanings and find yourself obsessing over a word or two.

–Additional reporting by Johanna Ferreira

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