You probably already know this if you’re reading this blog. I’m sorry about that. Really.
The first thing I learned when I returned to Spain in 2009 was that cell phones are not like in the U.S. Unlimited texting wasn’t so common. It cost money every time I sent a text. Not a lot of money, mind you, but it adds up. Especially if you’re text happy (not like anybody I know).
So, in Spain at least, there’s this thing called the toque. Mario tends to say “llamada pérdida” because he has class and you don’t.
If you want a response, it may only need a yes or no response. Thus, Dios invented the toque. If you text your friend Marcos at 10 PM and say, “Want to meet in the plaza at 10? Dame un toque si quieres.” Thus, Marcos instead of spending a whole 8 cents in responding can give you a toque to say yes, we can meet at 10. It works! It’s useful.
(I know, 8 cents doesn’t seem like a lot. But yeah, it can/does add up.)
Often, Mario’s parents would give him a toque if they arrived safely home after taking him to his apartment. It was a courtesy, but still – it made him feel better.
So, dame un toque – but tell me what you think. Are toques part of your daily life?