Saturday, January 26, 2008


Paro (PAR-aw, lit. stop) is a noun that means help, break or relief. Most frequently it is used in the expression hacer el paro which means to help out or to give a break, perhaps by bending the rules—otherwise the help wouldn’t be necessary. An oldschool synonym is balona (ba-LAW-nah, lit. female ball).

Estos tacos están re picosos, son un gran paro para la cruda => These tacos are spicy indeed, they're a great relief for the hangover
¡Hazte el paro y cambia tus hábitos alimenticios! => Give yourself a break and change your eating habits

Disambiguation Note: In Spain paro means unemployment or unemployment insurance benefits. On this side of Atlantic Ocean, being unemployed is never a relief.

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