What Means No Me Toquen El Pito in Costa Rica
If you say no me toquen el pito in Costa Rica, make sure you’re sitting in your car. If you are not, this can become quite a misunderstanding, especially if you are a male.
Tocar el pito means honking. Another way to say honking is tocar la bocina or tocar la pitoreta.
In slang though, tocarme el pito means to touch my d*ck. Although the word pito is not very offensive, don’t say it out too loud, you will attract a lot more attention than you will by honking.
The real meaning of el pito in Spanish is a whistle.
Sometimes, un pito is referred to as a marijuana joint.
When asking someone else in a contemptuous way or with certain envy what a third person does for a living or what that person is planning to do, you can use este mae, que pitos toca?
Me importa un pito means I don’t care; I don’t give a hoot or I don’t give a damn. Other ways of saying that is me importa un carajo or me importa un bledo.
But, the most decent way to say I don’t care is no me importa.
Now that we’re talking about honking, you’ll find out that honking is quite normal in Costa Rica. People honk for many reasons:
- Be careful, I’m coming. Get out of my way!
- I’m home, please open the gate!
- Hey, how are you!
- The traffic light is green, move it!
Special thanks to Alf Giebler and Christopher Howard for their usual input. If you’d like to learn more about the Costa Rican culture and how to prevent culture shock, read more blogs about this topic.
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