Talking about Guatemalan slang is one thing, but talking about cursing is another completely different world. There are some investigations that show how cursing can relieve pain, or help the people live happier. When you are cursing, you really put your heart on it. It carries the essence of your culture and yourself in a thrust of rage, anger or just plain fun.
I recently spent six weeks in Guatemala. It was supposed to be three months, but I cut the trip short. May these help you in planning a trip to Guatemala — or wherever — better than I did! This post was originally published in It has since been updated for accuracy of links and content.
10 Brutal Guatemalan Spanish Curse Words You Need To Know To Survive In Guatemala!
Why am I so animated over this one? Like most Central America capitals Panama City being the one exception , Guatemala City is considered entirely skippable. We arrived in the evening and I left in the morning, but one night in their funky communal living compound had me itching to go back and explore more. And so later, after a week spent in the fairly rural outposts of Livingston , Rio Dulce , and Lanquin , I was ready for some big city action — not to mention some big hugs from old friends.
Abstract: : Based on long-term ethnographic research on livelihood practices in urban public spaces, I explore street food politics in Antigua, Guatemala. From various subjective vantage points, I describe the food vendors themselves, the handicraft vendors who constitute their primary clients, tourists who only by chance encounter them when purchasing handicrafts, and the city officials who are responsible for regulating the streets. I analyze the reasons why some food vending practices are permitted, despite regulations against them. I argue that claims of rights are not merely organized political actions but are exercised in the everyday practices of those who live and work on the street.