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Old July 19, 2010, 10:42 AM
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Vaya morro

I think it means : What nerve! but I'm not sure. I am assuming that this
phrase is not used outside of Spain. Am I correct?
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Old July 19, 2010, 10:45 AM
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For me the word means Vaya chamaco.

Morro is a expression vulgar on my country.
What do you think?
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Old July 19, 2010, 11:28 AM
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@Poli: I think you're right. "Morro" in Spain (I don't know where else, but certainly not in Mexico), is used as a synonym of "descaro" or "desfachatez".


The way Crotalito is quoting the word is as it's used in the north of Mexico, where "morro(a)" is used as a synonym of "chico(a)". Not a vulgar word, but colloquial.
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That's interesting it was the vaya that led me to believe it was a Spanish-specific phrase. No Latins I know use vaya in that way. I hear que instead.
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Old July 19, 2010, 11:57 AM
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"¡Vaya!" is an expression to emphasize some characteristic, in the sense that something or someone is "such a (noun)" ... like "what a ...!"
Sometimes, depending on the tone of voice and the context, the expression can hold a a positive or a negative meaning.
...And it's used, I think, everywhere.

¡Vaya calamidad!
What a calamity!

¡Vaya historia!
What a story!

¡Vaya amigo!
What a friend!

¡Vaya descaro!
What a nerve!
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¡Vaya morro! = ¡Qué cara más dura! = What a cheek!

http://buscon.rae.es/draeI/SrvltCons...S=3&LEMA=morro

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That's right. Not covered in the DRAE, but in Moliner Diccionario de Uso,
Tener alguien un morro que se lo pisa (informal). Frase hiperbólica equivalente a «tener morro».
Tener morro (informal). Tener descaro o desvergüenza. Tener cara.
(In Spain these two expressions are very common, "el pan nuestro de cada día...")
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In American english NERVE
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American English "nerve" and British English "cheek"?
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Yes, NAmE nerve = BrE cheek - both terms are well-understood everywhere English is spoken...
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