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Dominican English Dictionary: Moriqueta

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Dominicans are creative people, something which is especially evident, in the way we talk – often using words that are not listed in the dictionary.

When a Dominican gestures with his face that maybe are not very flattering to his facial features, it is said that he is doing a “moriqueta”, actually the word exists in the Spanish dictionary but the correct way to say it is “morisqueta”.

Moriqueta

“Moriqueta” is a gesture made with the face, usually to express a feeling of displeasure at a situation or person. Sometimes it is done to make fun of other people behind their backs or when food is unpalatable. Synonyms for “moriqueta”, can be: pulling face, frowning.

Example 1:

“¡Muchacho que dejes de hacer tanta moriqueta, pareces un mono!”/ “Dude stop making faces, you look like a monkey!”

Example 2:

“Mientras la profesora escribía en la pizarra, Juanito le hacía moriqueta  a sus espaldas”/ “While the teacher was writting on the blackboard, Juanito was making faces behind her back”

Example 3:

“¿Y por qué haces tanta moriqueta? -¡Sabe a rayos esta comida!/ “Why do you pull your face that much? – The food is terrible!”

 

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