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What is the meaning of "chico?"    In the novel, El ruido de las cosas al caer by...

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etotheeyepi | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted January 14, 2013 at 3:07 AM via web

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What is the meaning of "chico?"



In the novel, El ruido de las cosas al caer by Juan Gabriel Vasquez, chapter 1 page15 of the paper back edition, 

Ricardo Laverde había pasado la mañana caminando por las aceras estrechas de la Candelaria, en el centro de Bogotá, … y a eso de la una llegó a los billares de la calle 14, dispuesto a jugar un par de chicos con los clientes habituales.  … Completó tres chicos, …

The word, chico, must mean game, match, or set rather than the more normal meaning, boy. Is that right? 


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M.P. Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 14, 2013 at 5:56 PM (Answer #1)

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In the novel, El ruido de las cosas al caer, Juan Gabriel Vasques uses the Spanish jargon of the region of Medellin and Antoquia, Colombia, also known as "paisa".

The typical definition of "chico" is, in every regional Spanish, a "boy", and the word is also used as an adjective to denote something that is too small.

However, in "paisa" what is known as a "chico de billar" does mean, as you inferred correctly from the context cues, the same as a match or a "turn". A very "paisa" phrase related to playing pool that is commonly used is, for example:

"A punta de chepas me va a ganar el chico de billar",

meaning that "the only way you would win this match of billiards would be if by pure luck, cheating, or by a miracle."

Hence, yes, your assumption is correct and "chico de billar" is a completely separate phrase from any typical usage of the word "chico" in a regular Spanish sentence.


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astrosonuthird | Student | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted January 14, 2013 at 6:54 AM (Answer #2)

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The word "Chico" means boy.

The Translation: Ricardo Laverde had spent the morning walking the narrow sidewalks of Candelaria in downtown Bogota, ... and about one billiards reached 14th Street, ready to play a couple of guys with the regulars. He completed three boys ... ...

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atyourservice | Student, Grade 11 | TA | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted July 31, 2014 at 8:17 AM (Answer #3)

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Chico is the spanish word for boy. 

When he said " tres chicos" He meant 3 boys

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