Porteño Spanish is the dialect of caste-sha-no (castellano) spoken in Buenos Aires, Argentina and the surrounding areas. It is categorized by an Italian-like pronunciation and colorful Lunfardo slang.

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Calentar La Pava

to arouse

This phrase literally means "to heat up the kettle". Before you can drink mate, you have to heat up the water. Before you "get to it" you have to warm her (or him) up.

Someone who "doesn't drink the mate" is referred to as a "calientapavas", which translates best a "tease".

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