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

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?


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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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Sometimes you just gotta earn that nickname.


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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Christmas is a special time of year. Families have their traditions to mark the festive year and some of those traditions are rooted in culture. Here are some of the ways various countries in Latin America celebrate Christmas.

El Pase Del Niño Viajero – Ecuador

El Pase del Niño Viajero is a pageant that happens in Ecuador that lasts weeks. The parade is meant to represent the journey of Mary and Joseph. The parade highlights the religious importance of Christmas in Ecuador and is most common in the Andean region of the country.

The biggest and most important parade is in Cuenca, a deeply religious city. Citizens near the city have all day to see the parade as it starts in the early morning and runs through the late afternoon. This gives people a lot of time to make it to the city to witness the parade.

La Gritería – Nicaragua

La Gritería comes after La Purisma. La Purisma is celebrated at the end of November and is meant to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. La Gritería is celebrated in early December and involves literal yelling. Someone would shout “Que causa tanta alegria?” (“What causes so much happiness?”) People respond “La Concepción de María.” (“Mary’s Conception.”)

Las Posadas – Mexico

Mexican posadas are the most recognizable. Posadas take place in Mexico from Dec. 16-24, though this year they are most likely to be virtual. The posada begins with a procession in the neighborhood filled with people singing and sometimes led by two people dressed as Mary and Joseph.

Another part is the posada party. Before guests can enter, there is a song exchange with the people outside playing Joseph looking for shelter. The hosts sing the side of the innkeeper saying there is no room. Eventually, the guests are welcomed into the home to celebrate Christmas.

Aguinaldos – Colombia

Aguinaldos are a series of games played by people in Colombia leading up to Christmas. There are certain games that are common among people in Colombia. One is pajita en boca, which requires holding a straw in your mouth the entire time of a social event. Another is dar y no recibir, which is about getting people to take something you are giving to score a point.

El Quema Del Diablo – Guatemala

El quema del diablo is celebrated in early December and is a way of letting go of the previous year. People burn piñatas and effigies of the devil to let go of all negative feelings and moments from the previous year. If there was every to try a new tradition, this would be the year. Burn an effigy and banish 2020 to the past, where it belongs.

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