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Lengua larga

Definition of Lengua larga

Lengua larga (Long tongue) is generally used to refer as a criticism of people who only offer things in word and not in deed, i.e. those who talk too much, who are exaggerated or treacherous.

A “lengua larga” colloquially is a ‘gossipy’ person, someone indiscreet who speaks slanderously about someone or other people’s affairs.

SYNONYMS FOR Lengua larga

  1. Tattletale
  2. Talkative
  3. Slanderer
  4. Indiscreet

ORIGIN OF Lengua larga

When referring to someone with the phrase “long tongue”, we wish to emphasize that he is a slanderer, either because he is a gossip or because the things he says are not true, which naturally makes him a liar.
Therefore the person is designated with this nickname which is related to an important part of the human anatomy since this peculiar organ is fundamental in the process of language.
The tongue has several singularities among them is that it does not get tired, in this sense it is like the heart, it is always in continuous work. Throughout the day it moves, contracts and expands thousands of times in the mouth and is active even when we are asleep because it continues to push saliva into the throat.
In a more concrete sense, the human tongue is not very long, measuring around 10 centimeters from its base in the oropharynx to the tip, and apart from being part of the communicative process it is also involved in other processes such as swallowing and chewing, as well as in the sense of taste.


No two tongues are alike. The number, location and size of taste buds is different in each individual, making it as unique as fingerprints.

K Praveen, a 21-year-old from India, has what is considered to be the longest tongue in the world, measuring 10.8 centimeters to be exact.