When learning a language, as we delve deeper into the language, we start to notice words that are used frequently. Sometimes we find these words confusing because the same word has many different meanings depending on the context. Rollo is one such word in Spanish that has that effect.
Although the colloquial form is common through the Spanish speaking world it is in Spain that it has it’s widest use.
The most widely understood meaning of the word rollo is as in English- a roll- something round. A roll of wire, of bread or pastry, spring rolls, rolls of money, a roll of film.
In colloquial speak, the main meaning of rollo is a story. Usually it has a negative meaning; like a fabricated, false or unbelievable story. But using the right words it can mean a good story.
Que rollo!- Bullshit!, What a drag!
Que buen rollo esa tia!- She’s a really interesting(cool) chick!
It also has the idea of ambience- both personal ambience be it your moods, or general ambience with a crowd, to be in good cheer for example
un buen rollo- good ambience, or atmosphere, a good mood or a cool person
Oye tia! Que buen rollo la fiesta anoche.
Hey girl! What a cool/great party last night
It can be a negative story, in general, an issue, problem
mal rollo– load of crap, a bore
hay mal rollo entre ellos- they have bad blood between them
It has also come to mean a love encounter, something like a fling, one night stand
un rollo de una noche- one night stand
Creo que esos dos tuvieron un rollo
I think those 2 had a fling
ser algo un rollo patatero, to be a real bore Quiero esquivar esa mujer que es un rollo patatero
I want to avoid that woman because she’s a real bore
Es un hombre de muy buen rollo– He’s an easy going guy
Hacerse tanto rollo– why make such a big issue
Porque tehaces tanto rollo con mi corta pelo
Why make such a big issue about my haircut
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