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Many general expressions can be traced back to Catholic themes. Although religious people frown upon them, they're in general use and you can even hear them on prime-time TV shows. Here are some of them.

La Virgen

(* = familiar, ** = very familiar, *** = vulgar, R = plain rude, Lit. = Literally)


Hostia (**) Lit. Host. Colloquially used to mean several things:
Dar/pegar una hostia (**) To hit, slap or smack.
Como no te calles, te voy a dar una hostia (**) If you don't shut up, I'm going to smack you.

... de la hostia (**) Lit. ... of the host
This expression is added to nouns to indicate if something's very good, very big or very intense:
Tengo un frío de la hostia (**) I am absolutely freezing.
Se compró una casa de la hostia (**) She bought a massive house.

Es la hostia (**) Lit. It's the host
It's amazing, funny, cool or incredible; it can be applied to people and things:
Su nuevo coche es la hostia, tiene de todo (**) His new car is amazing, it has the lot.

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La Virgen

La Virgen María (*) is Mother Mary, but la virgen is used colloquially to mean the following:
... de la virgen is added to nouns to indicate if something's very good, very big or very intense.
¡Virgen Santa! ¡Virgen Santísima! (*) Oh my God! Goodness me!
¡Virgen Santa! ¿Qué te ha pasado? (*) Oh my God! What happened to you?

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dichoso/a (*) Lit. full of happiness, usually of a religious nature. However, it's mostly used to curse something that's gone wrong:
Ya se ha vuelto a estropear el dichoso ordenador (*) The damned PC has broken down again.

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Argument Eating/Drinking Friends/Family Girls and boys
Going out Good and bad Health Interjections
Money Moods Play up/Play down Religious terms
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