Posted by: janecronin | February 4, 2012

Selling smoke – Spanish saying

The Spanish have several phrases to represent the idea of empty words and empty promises.  “Vender humo” (selling smoke) is one.  This is the activity of a person who “vive del cuento” (makes a living from storytelling).  These phrases always make me think of those “charlatans” (also a Spanish word) who used to sell miracle cures in the Wild West.  I’ve met a few of them here as well, like the man at a exhibition who tried to sell me a gadget to keep the air clean in my house.  Well, he wasn’t selling smoke anyway.


  1. Snake-oil salesmen ……aka as estate agents!

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