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    Christopher Howard s Language and Culture Nouns to Verbs In Costa Rica we change many nouns to verbs. Some are quite amusing. Bajear ­ to play the bass guitar
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      Christopher Howard's Language and Culture

      Nouns to Verbs

      In Costa Rica we change many nouns to verbs. Some are quite amusing.

      Bajear – to play the bass guitar or bajo.
      Birrear – to drink beer. Birra is  local slang for cerveza.
      Cafetear – to drink coffee
      Cangrejear – to hunt for crabs or cangrejos.
      Cantinear – to drink in a bar. Comes form the word cantina which is a type of low-class bar.
      Carnavalear – to take part in a carnival or carnaval 
      Chilear – to tell jokes. Chiles are jokes here. Don't confuse this word with chile peppers.
      Galletar – to eat cookies 
      Guacamolear – to eat guacamole
      Mañanear – to get up early in the morning. Madrugar is another way of saying the same thing.
      Mujerear – to chase after women 
      Rapear – to rap as in rap music
      Roquear – to rock as in rock music.
      Serenatear – to serenade someone. Comes from the noun serenata.
      Solear – to take a musical solo
      Tamalear – to eat tamales
      Taquear – to eat tacos
      Touristear – to tour like a tourist 
      Ventanear – to be window shopping. Ventana is a window.

      * The are many other examples of nouns that can be turned into verbs.

      Tiquismos
      Chichera – a low-life drinking establishment
      Quemado – burned out or overkill
      Quitado – someone who doesn't want to participate in an activity or a type of party pooper

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