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Word of the week: Bacán

From Manu: Bacán is a person who loves the high life.  “Un bacán” can be either a wealthy guy or a poor guy attached to a rich person, living out of his/her money. but “bacán” is usually an adjective that relates to a person having a very good time, spending lots of money or living a very funky life.

According to  this Web site, in Chile the word bacán derives from the word bacanal, which has the meaning you might expect.

In Buenos Aires, the word was originally used in early 20th century tango songs to describe a man capable of supporting a lover. Hard to come by, I guess. Posh is perhaps the nearest English equivalent adjective. The etymology is Italian rather than Spanish.

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