In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(pimp)proxeneta masculinechulo masculine Spain informalpadrote masculine Mexico informalcafiche masculine Southern Cone informal
- ‘When I hit my teenage years I said ‘acting's for ponces - I want to be a rock star and sing in a band instead’.
- He proudly admits he is from hard-working peasant stock and sees me as lazy, vain and probably as a ponce.
- Someone called me a ‘art-ponce’- the meaning of ponce is ‘someone who procures customers for whores’ - look it up.
- You know you love prancing around like a ponce with new clothes.
- So everybody knows the British are tea-drinking, snaggle-toothed ponces, and gay to boot.
- There are no nancy girls, cross-dressers, pansies, butches, flip-flops or ponces.
- So a colleague, faced with sentencing a Living on Immoral Earnings charge, whispered to the Clerk ‘How much do you give a ponce?’
2(effeminate man)mariquita masculine informal derogatory
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