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Here Are Some Of The Worst Ways Different Latino Names Have Been Butchered By Other People

Sometimes people mispronounce your name, which can be annoying and frustrating. But as long as they make the effort to pronounce your name right once you correct them, then it’s all good, right? Unfortunately, not everyone likes to make the effort.

Earlier this year, a reporter suggested that Camila Cabello should get rid of her last name because it was too “difficult to pronounce.”


After this video was published onto E! News’ Snapchat Segment, the reporter received negative feedback on the internet.

And unfortunately, it’s not only Camila Cabello’s name people are refusing to pronounce correctly.

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They really took it upon themselves to change her name from Alondra to “Patty.” -_-

Some people’s names get treated as a joke.

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Soooo funny ?


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And others don’t get called by their name at all.

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Looks like this employee at Starbucks *really* couldn’t make the effort. Like even a little.

It happens at work…

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…and it happens at school. ?

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For some, having their name butchered gets so frustrating to the point that they decide to change their name.

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This sucks.

But the solution shouldn’t have to be changing your name, but rather owning it, embracing it, and finding power in it.


Just as ‘Orange Is The New Black’ star, Uzo Aduba, puts it: “Do not ever erase those identifiers that are held in you, whether it’s your gap, whether it’s your name, whether it’s your food. It is yours and it was given to you at birth and it is yours to own.”

You couldn’t have said it better, Uzoamaka! ??


READ: Your Latino Name Could Be Working Against You When Trying To Buy Or Rent A Home


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This Is What Happens When You Try To Greet A Non-Latino And Things Get Awkward

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This Is What Happens When You Try To Greet A Non-Latino And Things Get Awkward

When you walk into a room of Latinos, you know you’re in for a lot of hugging and kissing. But walking into a room of non-Latinos brings up an anxiety like no other…

Growing up in a Latino family meant I knew what a “proper” greeting was…

It wasn’t extra. For us, it’s totally normal.

A kiss, a hug, and… maybe another kiss.

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Repeat and repeat.

And god forbid I ever forgot to say bye to someone.

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This is the cardinal Latinx sin.

After all those years of training, I thought I had it all down…

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That’s what mami said!

Until I started meeting a lot of non-Latinxs who weren’t used to all that affection.

Existential crisis begins.

When I met my first gringa roommate, she waved hello and quickly looked away…

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Hmmm, OK.

I was left hanging even trying to attempt a handshake.

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Nothing to see here, y’all.

When I moved away, my new friends and coworkers included many non-Latinxs who often only offered a nod hello.

I get it. We’re not all used to all this smothering.

In this struggle, I did learn a new technique popular amongst non-Latinxs: The Irish Goodbye.

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People actually left a party without saying goodbye to every person in the room!? HOW?

So I applied this every time I had to say goodbye, you know to avoid awkwardness, but my family was NOT having it.

CREDIT: CW/ Jane The Virgin

They have a radar for this sort of thing.

After a few years of dancing around awkward hugs, handshakes, kisses and goodbyes, I decided to embrace it.

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Many of us Latinos have become experts at reading what’s comfortable for every person.

I became the person that always announced, “I’m coming in for a hug!”

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Come here, just bring it in.

That doesn’t always make it less awkward.

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I know hugs and kisses can be a very foreign idea to some.

…But it was a positive if you wanted to say hello to a new cutie in the room.


What can I say? I can’t help it! It’s just good manners!

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READ: These Are The Facebook Habits Of Latino Families That We All Know To Be True

What is the weirdest or most awkward greeting you’ve ever had with a non-Latino? Let us know!

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