the Caribbean archipelago containing Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic), and Puerto Rico
charms that ward off the evil eye (any look of envy or of hate that is directed toward someone)
a young kid
supposedly or "they say"
fukú / fukú americanus
a curse of doom, specifically that of the New World. The curse is brought to Antilles with the arrival of the Europeans.
term for a light-skinned person of mixed race
unripe or not yet mature
a government that organizes its resources so that those in power receive financial benefits
a general feeling of discomfort or uneasiness whose exact cause is difficult to identify
euphemism-- "stick it in her"
my little monkey
a word used to describe Latinas who are dark skinned, dark haired and dark-eyed
mulatto in English. A person of mixed race.
No me jodas
Don't fuck with me
boyfriend/girlfriend or fiancé
página en blanco
fool or idiot
resembling swine; hoggish
town or people
in astrology, the first time the planet Saturn completes its cycle through your birth chart and returns to the spot it occupied when you were born, usually occurs around the ages of 28-30. Saturn Return is often said to indicate the passage from youth into adulthood.
the native people of Antilles prior to the arrival of the Europeans
slang for a woman's vagina, "pussy"
sift through as part of a search
existing or being everywhere, especially at the same time; omnipresent
the word that can be used as a counterspell against fukú
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Belicia simply moves on. She knows the other students and staff shun her, and she is defensive and rude when they do interact with her. In other words.... she blows them off and continues to do exactly what she wants to do.
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