If you’re spending some time in the state, you will want to know these New Mexico slang words to help you speak like a local. From great road trips to tasty burgers, as well as enjoyable cities like Albuquerque, this is a state you will want to get to know a whole lot better.
The Best New Mexico Slang Words
1. ‘ABQ’ or ‘Q’ = Albuquerque
Short for Albuquerque.
2. LA = Los Alamos
LA usually means Los Angeles. But in New Mexico, this means someone is discussing Los Alamos, where Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is located.
3. “Red, green, or Christmas?” = Chile pepper
If you’re asked this in a restaurant, the server means do you want red chile, green chile, or both (Christmas!) on your food.
4. “A la maquina!” = Shock
A popular term to use in place of an expletive when expressing astonishment.
5. Duke City = Albuquerque
Yep, it’s another name for Albuquerque!
6. ‘Topes = Albuquerque Isotopes
The Albuquerque Isotopes are a Minor League Baseball team of the Pacific Coast League.
7. Land of mañana = Doing it tomorrow
Things move a little slower in New Mexico, and it’s pretty common to put things off until tomorrow!
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