Monday, February 11, 2008


Nel (NELL) is a workhorse of Chilango slang. It means "no" and it is usually followed by pastel (pass-TELL, lit. cake). The cake part has no particular interpretation but it rhymes. This expression is informal yet colorful.


Mamá: ¿No te vas a poner smoking para los quince años de Lupita?
Hijo: Nel pastel. Me voy como ando.

Mom: Aren't you going to were a tuxedo for Lupita's quinceañera?
Son: Nope. I'll just go like this.

Nel pastel shows Chilangos' taste for rhyming sound bites.

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