Table of Contents
The meaning of Sanch
Sanch is a Catalan word that means “ass” or “bum”. It comes from the verb root “sanhar”, to stutter, speak unclearly. Even though English has no comparable word, you might know it by its equivalent phrase, “to stammer.”
Sanch often occurs in idioms like “santo de los angeles,” which translates to “holy person (used as an adjective).” It can also be used in expressions such as “hacer la sancoña” to refer to how people carry things; someone who uses their arms instead of legs.
The most common place you may hear this word is inside a joke. A popular variation is saying that something is “una cosa del cuento porque si lo hiciera el párrocho.” This literally means “a thing from a story because if he did that parrot would kiss him.”
Other places you may see this word is in phrases like “echar el pie para que se enfranche .. echar las tijeras para que recupere el ceño.” These mean “to kick the butt so that he holds his head high”. Or “echarse los brazos around someones waist while dancing”.
Other Spanish slang terms you should know
There are many other common phrases or words used by Spaniards that can be foreign to Americans. You may encounter some of these at work or at school, so it is important to be familiar with them.
In Spain, the term “palabra” means word. However, in the United States, this term can have several different meanings. The most common use case is when someone says something instead of another word. Let’s look at an example.
Jane heard her teacher say the moon was made out of cheese. Now Jane will try saying the moon is made out of cheese. She tries, but she can’t come up with the phrase “the moon is made out of cheese.”
This happens very often for people who don’t speak English. Just thinking about how to pronounce one word helps!
There are many other jargon-words that aren’t widely known because they’re not popularly used. Check out our blog post 10 Strange Ways People In North America Communicate for more information.
Sancha is a unique spelling
The word ‘sanche’ does not have many spellings, but one of them is sancha. This type of spelling has only one instance-in sancha.
Other than that, there are two more similar versions-sanzhi and suanzhen.
The first letter (a) represents a sound meaning “o”; the second letter (an) means a nasal voice which produces a n sound in some languages. Therefore, sanza sounds like sonchay. Suanizen and suanzhen both contain the same vowel and consonant components as sanzi, so they also mean “sonchy”.
Some origins of Sanch
Who knows what strange things have happened to your favorite characters since you last heard about them? If you ask me, my story starts with Cesar Monty (a.k.a. César Porcel).
He is one of the main characters in the first episode of the second season of Las COPAS. In this episode, he tells the rest of the characters that there’s a hole at the bottom of every heart.
I think it was the character of Gustavo who created that hole but César believes that everyone has a dark side that they need to protect. So, he uses his talent to make sure no one can ever find out what really makes him/her tick.
Thus, we have two origin stories for ‘Sancho’: one built upon César’s silence, and one inspired by Gustavo’s advice to keep people guessing.
What do these stories mean though? Let’s dig into how and why certain phrases become popular during El Baile de las Mariposas.
Some parts of the phrase are pretty universal, like “calle” or “go” meaning “street” or “block”. However, some words used here are specific to Mexico; because of this, I believe ‘Sancho’ originated as a term unique to El Baile de las Marip
Sancha was a political cartoon character
She’s probably not who you think she is!
Sancha was a satirical comic book character created by Chilean writer-artist Sergio Pinochet In 1985, to satirize the evil of communism and promote democracy, Pinochet decided to create his own satirical superheroine.
He began drawing a graphic novel whose cover would represent hope for everyone living under totalitarianism. He also improvised some extra details, such as creating a secret language made up of 3 letters plus 4 vowels, which added “lengua santurisa” (holy language) to their name.
These 5 characters heavily influenced Chile’s satire movement, which continued well into the 21st century.
Other Catalanisms you should know
More than once I’ve heard people say that they can’t understand anything about tech or computers and that it’s too difficult for them. So, I was delighted to come across this article with several catalan synonyms for words related to technology.
There are many more such phrases but these ones have become somewhat popular over the past couple of years. You may also want to read my article on idioms associated with programming.
If you speak catalán, your level of knowledge of the language is not a factor here; rather, it’s all about understanding how each word is pronounced.
In fact, most of the phrases below contain at least one very uncommon sound (such as an ‘n’ followed by a ‘c’ or an ‘f’). This makes them quite fun to pronounce!
I recommend giving yourself a challenge before trying to learn any other expressions. To make it easy, let’s start with two versions of the phrase “a qué tico”, which means “for what kid”.
The first one is simple –- take the regular pronunciation of the word “kid”, then replace every vowel with a consonant.
So, the resulting phoneme is coo~toik. Now, try saying this without breaking into a laugh.
Here are some examples with the spelling out loud
What is “Sancho” in Spanish
Even though you may have already heard this slang word, we are still going to define it here as there are some that haven’t.
Sancho refers to any of the numerous variations of chugle or chochas that include beer, liquor (especially vodka), cider, wine, shiraz, rakia, and soju.
These beverages are traditionally served cold, so they can be consumed comfortably in a short amount of time. However, today people also use ice, heat, and other methods to cool down their bodies.
Be aware that just like words get shortened to make phrases easier to say, these drinks also get abbreviated. So while someone saying “chi” might think he’s asking for ice water, you could tell him straight up means champagne.
What does “Sancha” mean in Spanish
The word is pronounced, or read, syncopated. It is an old fashioned way to say siesta. In fact, if you look up either of these words in any spelling guide, they are spelled exactly alike– even including the accent.
Virtually all slovenly Europeans (and a fair number of Americans) employ this phrase. I first heard it uttered by a young man named Raul who was working at an international school in Barcelona years ago. He told me that students often ask him why he speaks with an English accent. He explained that his father taught him to speak like that.
I found out from another Catalan teacher that Raul’s explanation was close but not entirely correct. There were about five things wrong with it.
First, Raul’s father didn’t teach him to speak with a British accent; rather, he learned it himself via pop culture exposure while growing up in Catalonia. Second, Raul’s father never used to teach him to speak with a Spanish accent; he only started doing so after he got married and moved to Spain with his wife. Third, Raul’s father wouldn’t call him back every time he tried to reach out to him. Finally, Raul’s father wasn’t very encouraging, which isn’t too surprising given what we know about him.
Other Spanish slang terms you should know
There are many other common Spanish phrases that you will hear people use daily. If you listen to any form of Hispanic or Latino music, you will probably hear some variations of these phrases too.
Many songs combine English and Spanish lyrics, so if you don’t understand one language, there are usually words you can say in another. These songs are often played very frequently on radio stations, so you may find them useful even if you cannot speak the entire song.
These phrases are also helpful to learn because they give you an idea of how people speak on the island where you live. You may not understand everything, but perhaps writing it down helps you apply its features.
Some of these phrases include “hola” (hello), “bienvenido” (welcome),“ tú aquí” (you here),and“ estoy contento de conocerte” (I am happy to meet you). This is just a brief introduction! There are dozens of ways to pronounce each of these keywords.
You can either write them in penne sauce or hibiscus flower tea. 😉