That’s one of those Spanish words that doesn’t quite translate well. Sure, amargado translates into bitter, but it’s just so much more than just being bitter.

When you say, in Spanish, that someone is an “amargado” you mean that they are an angry, resentful, hateful and to a degree a morally bankrupt person. They are someone that not only resents, but quite possibly also hates you, almost as much as they hate themselves.

They hate the choices they made, they hate the life they lead, they hate their house, their spouse, their kids. They hate the way they look, the way they feel, how they act. They hate their job, they hate their shadow. At the same time, they also hate all of the same things about you.

They don’t have to know you to dislike you, in fact, it’s almost better that way.

Someone that is amargado has one goal in life, and that is to make you as bitter, angry and remorseful as they are. They will be difficult to deal with at every step of the way. Whether at work, on the bus, at the grocery store wherever you happen to encounter a man that is amargado, you are bound to get your parade rained on.

The trick to dealing with someone like that, is to not let their issues affect you. If they want to rain on your parade, turn into the dude that went singing and dancing in the rain.

I deal with people like this all the time.

I fear, that I will become one of them.

I need to make some more changes.


Rafael is an aviation geek, a consumer advocate, a dad, a multiple personality blogger, a photographer, politically opinionated, a videographer and many other things as well.