Lela is a synonym for lesbian used primarily among the youth of Chile. This term can be used pejoratively, but it's generally used as a shorter word for "lesbiana" in a reclaiming manner.
Similar terms include: fleta, maricona, torta, sopaipilla and croqueta.
It is unclear whether or not lela comes from a deformation of the word "lesbiana" in Spanish or if it's originates from the general spanish meaning of lela, which is "stupid, dull, dummy or idiot." The word lela is also short for "abuela", which happens to mean grandma.
- ↑ https://www.moscasdecolores.com/en/lesbian-dictionary/spanish/lela/#:~:text=Chile%20youthful%20expression%20used%20to%20refer%20to%20lesbians.
- ↑ https://www.moscasdecolores.com/en/lesbian-dictionary/spanish/lela/#:~:text=We%20do%20not%20know%20if%20it%20is%20for%20being%20a%20transformation%20of%20the%20word%20lesbian%2C%20or%20for%20its%20meaning%20of%20silly.
- ↑ https://www.wordreference.com/es/en/translation.asp?spen=lela
- ↑ https://www.t13.cl/noticia/nacional/abuela-joven-asesinado-tiroteo-puente-alto-era-cabro-tranquilo#:~:text=%22Me%20dijo%2C%20Lela%2C%20voy%20al%20frente%20a%20jugar%20a%20las%20m%C3%A1quinas