¿Qué? = What?

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¿Qué? = What? (kay)

In text messages, this typically gets abbreviated as “k” or “q”.

As in…

  • ¿Por qué? = Why? {Literally: for what}
  • ¡Qué diablos! = What the hell! {Literally: What devils!}
  • ¡Qué pena! = What a pity!
  • ¡Y qué! = So what!
  • ¿Qué más? = What else?
  • ¿De qué (carajos) hablas? = What (the fuck) are you talking about?
  • ¿Qué dices? = What are you saying?
  • ¿Qué quieres? = What do you want?
  • ¿Qué piensas? = What do you think?
  • ¿Qué pasó? = What’s going on?, What happened?
  • ¿Qué te pasa? = What’s going on with you?, What’s wrong with you?
  • ¡Y yo qué sé! = I have no idea!,  I have no clue. {Literally: And what I know!}
  • ¿Por qué no te callas? = Why don't you just shut up? The phrase “¿Por qué no te callas?” is a long-running political joke in Spain and Latin America…. In 2007 the King of Spain, King Juan Carlos I, threw decorum and protocol to the wind when he used this phrase to tell the President of Venezuela to just shut it.  You’ll see this phrase on t-shirts and hear it as ring tones. You can also watch the actual video footage of the event, right here

 

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