Competition to get and keep partners is fiercer here than in any other country I have experienced.In many ways, the country still has a machista culture in which guys are very forward and the women get complimented / propositioned constantly.It refers to those guys that the girl isn’t really immediately interested in dating, but whom she also doesn’t want to dismiss outright.
This is by no means universal: others find it patronising and lacking class. Perhaps it’s like describing a man as “handsome” or “good looking” as opposed to “hot” or “sexy”.
Unsurprisingly, guys would again be thrilled to be called a ”papasito”. Even straight Colombian men can be heard using this phrase to (begrudgingly) admit that one of their male friends is good looking.
It’s difficult to imagine a group of guys hanging out, drinking a few beers, saying this about a girl.
It would be so formal that it’d actually sound a bit weird.
But most of these are far too serious-sounding to be used when chatting among your friends.
Take, for instance, the sentence “Ella es muy bonita”, which is a perfectly legitimate way to say “She is very beautiful”.Throw in some added spice, in the form of the sensual dance moves for which Colombians are famous, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for a highly sexualised dating environment.In this competitive context, flirting and game playing takes on extra importance.Learn all the coolest lingo that you'll need to have fun with locals, but which the textbooks will never teach you.Weirdly, Colombians use the terms for “little mum” and “little dad” as slang for an attractive woman or man.In the world of Colombian dating, bad Spanish does not serve as much of an aphrodisiac.