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Glossary of Argentine Terms


This is your quick guide to the words you will stumble upon when visiting and reading up on Argentina.

Porteno:
All locals that live in Buenos Aires are called Portenos.

Peronism:
Political idealogy where the workers, the church and the army are the main pillars of the government. Approach named after Argentina's famous dictator, Juan Peron.

Milonga:
A dance club where people dance the Argentine Tango.

Gaucho:
Argentian cowboys usually living in the Pampas, or flat, dry land in the countryside.

Telos Hotels:
Hotels renting rooms by the hour. Ironicaly, mostly used by married couples that don't have room for privacy at home.

Mate:
The national beverage enjoyed by Argentineans and other South Americans. It is best described as a particular type of tea drank in a particular manner.

Asado:
A meat grill, usually used to describe a type of lunch or dinner.

Empanada:
A cooked dough pocket usually filled with beef, but also chicken, cheese or vegetables.

Parrilla:
A Mixed grill




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