Here’s Why Most Latino Nicknames Don’t Make Absolutely Any Sense At All

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Ever wondered where your nickname comes from? Of course we know why some people are called Flaca, Chata, or Pelón. But why is that someone named Jesús is lovingly called Chuy? What about Pepe or Lalo? While these nicknames might feel like they were randomly chosen, there’s usually a straightforward reason to why you get Chuy from Jesús. Usually. Sometimes the explanation takes a little digging and a leap of faith, and sometimes no explanation makes sense. Let’s take a closer look at Spanish nicknames…

Why is Chuy the nickname for Jesús?


Some people believe Chuy is an acronym for Cristo Hijo Unico de Yahweh, which translates to Christ only son of God. While this makes sense, it’s probably not true. Experts tend to argue that Chuy came about because the word Jesúsito was hard for toddlers to pronounce. Toddlers tend to turn ‘s’ sounds into “ch” sounds, and so instead of saying Jesúsito, they ended up saying Chucho, which then became Chuy.

The “ch” sound is why Ignacio became Nacho.


Again, Ignacio is hard for toddlers to pronounce, so they end up saying the shorter, easier version Nacho. And when a toddler mispronounces a name consistently, adults start using it as a permanent nickname, according to the Guadalajara Reporter.

There are a lot of nicknames that were invented because of toddler’s mispronouncing adult names.

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Rosario became Charo. Consuelo became Chelo. Luis became Luisito which became Lucho. Alicia became Licha. Marcela became Chela. Concepción became Concha. All of these have that “ch” sound toddlers love so much. Babies really know how to mess up a name.

Here’s an example of how easy it is for a baby to completely change a pronunciation.


This isn’t child’s play. José became Pepe because language.


So how does José become Pepe? Well, there’s a few theories out there, but most people tend to agree that Pepe has roots in the Italian language. Giuseppe in Italian is equivalent to Joseph in Spanish (like how Francisco is Frank or Guillermo is William). And a popular nickname for Giuseppe is Beppe/Peppe. So because Joseph and Giuseppe are equivalent in different languages, it makes sense that the nickname for Jose becomes Pepe.

There are a few theories on how Francisco became Pacho/Paco.

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Some people argue that Francisco became Paco because of St. Francis of Assisi, who was known in Latin as Pater Communitatis, which roughly means father of the community. By taking the first two letters of each word, you get Paco, though this theory has mostly been shot down. Others argue that in the Middle Ages, the letters “Ph” were used to create the “F” sound, like the name “Phrancisco.” Because printed writing was an expensive process, names were shortened to save space, meaning that Phrancisco would get shortened to Phco, or Pco, which sounds like Paco when sounded out. However, this theory hasn’t been completely embraced.

Here are some other nicknames you might be familiar with.

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Lalo is the nickname for Eduardo, though no one online seems to know why. Memo is the nickname for Guillermo. Similar to Paco, Paca is the nickname for Francisca. Lupita is a shortened, cute form of Guadalupe. Fito is a nickname for both Adolfo and Rodolfo. Goyo is what you would call Gregorio. Enrique is often known as Kiki, Kiko, or Kiké. You would call Lola by the nickname Delores. And some nicknames are so bizarre they don’t even make sense.

And some nicknames, like Pelón, make total sense.


Sometimes you just gotta earn that nickname.

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The Debut Trailer For ‘Hustlers’ Opens With J.Lo Showing Constance Wu How To Pole Dance And It’s Already The Sexiest Scene I’ve Seen In A Movie In A Long Time


The Debut Trailer For ‘Hustlers’ Opens With J.Lo Showing Constance Wu How To Pole Dance And It’s Already The Sexiest Scene I’ve Seen In A Movie In A Long Time

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How badly do you want to see Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Lizzo, and Cardi B dancing, stripping, and racking up pyramids of cash from unsuspecting dudes? A lot? Perfect: keep scrolling.

The sickening trailer for the badass film ‘Hustlers’ is finally here.

The trailer dropped Tuesday night at midnight and fans of strippers, fierce women, and especially Cardi B, we’re all totally here for it.

The film follows the story of a group of women who have formed their own extended family. They’re all strippers in the NYC area but then they decide to go bigger and start drugging and robbing ultra-wealthy Wall Street types.

The movie is actually inspired by a true story from a now-viral magazine story.

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The article, titled “The Hustlers at Scores” by Jessica Pressler, chronicles the real-life, modern Robin Hood story of a ring of strippers who ripped off wealthy clients.

The film is centered on two badass women, Destiny (Constance Wu) and Ramona (Jennifer Lopez).

Destiny is struggling to make ends meet and is helping to take care of her abuelita so she turns to stripping. This is how she meets Ramona who takes her under her wing and teaches Destiny everything she knows.

I mean Jennifer Lopez, on a pole, showing Constance Wu the moves. I. Am. Here. For. This!

Together with their extended family, these women decide to rob from the rich to help care for their loved ones.

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Based off true events, J.Lo’s, Constance Wu’s, Cardi B’s, and Lizzo’s characters step up their hustle to include drugging men and robbing them of thousands of dollars.

In one scene, J Lo’s character explains it away as simply taking money from bad Wall Street guys who stole money from everyone during the financial crisis.

Things start to get real cray cray real quick.

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The women end up drugging many of their clients to complete their heists…so you can see how things could quickly take a turn for the unexpected.

The plotline is amazing but many fans are here to support this gorgeous, talented, diverse cast of incredible women!

The casting director for this movie 100% deserves some serious stanning.

In addition to Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu in badass lead roles but fans will also see Cardi B, Keke Palmer, Lizzo, and Usher on the big screen. Like what did we do deserve this masterpiece?!

Some in the Bardi-gang took to Twitter to say they’re kinda disappointed by the trailer.

They wanted more Cardi.

But whoever is running the Hustlers’ Twitter account was quick to calm their nerves.

According to the ‘Hustlers’ Twitter feed, “Cardi B is this movie.” Apparently, they didn’t wanna give it all away so soon. So Cardi B fans better get ready for her big screen acting debut.

Overall, ‘Hustlers’ looks like it just may be one of the fiercest movies of 2019.

See you at the movies!

Click below to check out the full trailer!

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#IceBae Has Blown Up The Internet. Meet The Latina Border Patrol Agent Behind The Viral Hashtag That Has Latino Twitter Freaking Out

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#IceBae Has Blown Up The Internet. Meet The Latina Border Patrol Agent Behind The Viral Hashtag That Has Latino Twitter Freaking Out

A Latina Border Patrol agent has gone viral as #IceBae and from the looks of her new account on Twitter she seems to be enjoying the new found fame.

The agent, who identified herself as Kiara Cervantes, was photographed providing security for Mike Pence during his visit to a migrant detention center in Texas. From that photograph came #IceBae with thirsty fans calling her out for her beauty. But it also attracted many people who were appalled that a Latina would participate in the mass imprisonment of largely Latino men, women, and children.

All this started when a Latina Border Patrol guard was photographed providing security for Mike Pence at a migrant detention center.

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So, who is the Latina officer in the photograph? The female officer has since been identified as Kiara Cervantes.  Many of the original comments were focused on her good looks, which kicked off the pretty bizarre hashtag #IceBae

Since the photo went viral, Kiara has started up her own Twitter account and has already racked up nearly 37.5k followers in less than 2 days.

It looks like Cervantes enjoyed the new found attention and decided to create a Twitter account to capitalize on all the fame. She posted a video (which has since been deleted) introducing herself as the #IceBae.

Apprently, Ice Bae has all sorts of ‘supporters’ that she had to thank on Twitter.

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Because of the response to the original photo and that #IceBae was trending on Twitter with thousands of thirsty comments, Cervantes decided to create a Twitter account. One of her first tweets was to thank everyone for all the ‘support’ and to tell her ‘supporters’ how much she loves them.

She’s also taken to Twitter to share some selfies of her in uniform with her new found supporters.

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Because when you work at a detention center that houses migrants in overcrowded cages and is at the center of an international scandal, of course selfies should be on your list of to-dos.

At least a few people on Twitter tried to help her out with some caption ideas for her new photo…

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I mean that is pretty clever if it wasn’t so depressing.

And this person who kept her caption suggestion poignant yet simple.

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What would you caption her photo with?

Seriously, the people are not here for it.

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Apart from all of #IceBae’s supporters, her detractors are definitely speaking out on social media. Many pointed out how by sexualizing Cervantes they were also sexualizing the dehumanization of the very people being held in the detention centers.

Rapper Fat Nick, called her out as ‘literal scum’, that her family would be ashamed of.

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Cervantes fired back Sunday at rapper Fat Nick who tweeted that her family will disown her and “shame on any Hispanic working for ice of anything of that nature.”

“I think that’s really rude and naive of you to say,” she tweeted. “You have no idea who my parents are and no idea what goes into my job on a daily basis… before speaking on something you know nothing about…. DONT. Regardless I’m blessed and thankful for the career I have.”

Another Twitter user pointed out what pretty much most of the Latino community is thinking.

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One Twitter user, among thousands of others, called #IceBae what many are thinking: a guard at a concentration camp. For people to be idolizing a person who is supporting a system of injustice, racism, and bigotry, has many people across social media very upset, particularly those in the Latino community who feel #IceBae has turned her back on them.

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