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April 20, 2011 by spanishseville

Marrón means brown (colour) and it’s a common word used in that sense. But in slang Spanish marrón is also a very popular word meaning a bad situation you get into at work, in a relationship, in day-to-day life. The reason behind the expression is obviously the colour of shit.

¡Vaya marrón! He perdido el avión: Shit, I lost my plane

A derived expression is Comerse el marrón (literally, eat the marrón), used when someone has to take the blame for a mistake or a bad outcome, typically in a work situation: Si el producto no se vende, los de marketing se van a comer el marrón. If the product doesn’t sell, the marketing people will have to take the blame.

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