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Ten Spanish words the English language needs

Ten Spanish words the English language needs
What's the Spanish word for an old working-class lady who spreads gossip in an apartment building? Photo: Jon Diez Supat
Some Spanish words are so great that it makes you wonder why English hasn't adopted them yet. For the latest Local List, we've chosen ten linguistic gems that would make the English language better.

To celebrate the 300th anniversary of Spain's royal language academy, the RAE, we've selected ten Spanish words we think English needs

From pagafantas (man who buys drinks for women in bars in the hope of maybe one day sleeping with them but without success) to  maruja (an old working-class lady who spreads gossip in an apartment building) , we've chosen small Spanish words that say a huge amount.

Check out our list of ten Spanish words the English language needs.


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