Yesterday I was fooling around with a Spanish friend of mine. I made a joke that she should marry with me as we’re both lazy, and when we were saying goodbye to each other she said: ¡No me pongas los cuernos!

I didn’t know what it means, so when she left I took my Spanish-Spanish dictionary and found the following explanation: poner los cuernos loc. col. Ser infiel a la pareja. In plain English that means “to cheat [on someone]” or “to be unfaithful”. Therefore, what my friend said to me means something like; “don’t cheat on me!”, although in a colloquial context.


Su novia le ponía los cuernos.
His girlfriend was cheating on him.

Le dejó porque se enteró de que le había puesto los cuernos.
She left him because she found out that he had been cheating on her.

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reybu May 25, 2013 at 4:04 pm

"poner los cuernos" is used in several South American countries and Mexico. In some others it is "quemar el rancho" or "quemar la canilla" and there are probably some more. _That is the amazing thing about Latin America that the words used may be different but also tha same and sometime with completely different meanings.


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I have asked a few local Spanish speakers for what reason does "to put horns on an individual" imply that you are undermining them. Furthermore a few of them have attempted to clarify it to me however the expressions "poner los cuernos" still doesn't bode well for my gringo style of considering.


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I read your post & like very much. I am more of a religious person & have very strong faith in God. God who has created you never leaves you alone. God has never let me done in any case. The one who has given birth to us has written our entire life story as to on every step what will happen in our lives. Prayer has the power to change man's fate, so we must always keep on praying so God change our fate.


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Isn’t that a bad phrase. Well it does have a lot of meaning. This word does have a good and a bad meaning to it. And I am sure that most men know only the worst meaning of this word.


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