27 January 2011

Pena Ajena

Pena ajena (Mexican Spanish): The embarrassment you feel watching someone else’s humiliation.
My friend Aurora taught me this phrase.  At the time we were watching a couple in a dive bar.  They were doing that outrageous performance thing, you know what I'm talking about?
Like they were so convinced of how funny and great they were that they were loud talking to perform for us, the wider audience of the run down biker bar.
Like instead of just having a regular conversation between two people, they were both projecting their voices, so that their Hilarious! Witticisms! could be heard far and wide.

It was horrible. 

Like, please, dude.  Your joke is not funny and the bartender does not think your joke is funny and she's not even LAUGHING, she's doing that awkward side smile because she still wants a tip, but she really, really, really doesn't think that you're as great as you think that you are.

And then he started using his date's leg to play air guitar. 

And then Aurora told us about pena ajena

It is just the BEST phrase, so I thought I would share.

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