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Have You Noticed How Many Mexican Phrases Use The Word ‘Madre’?

Mexicans really love their mothers, don’t they? We love ‘em so much that we’ve found a way to include the word “madre” in, like, 300 different phrases. OK, maybe not that many, but it’s def waaaay more than you realized. Check it:

***WARNING: This post contains strong language***

“Tu Madre”

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Literal translation: Your mother.
What it really means: It’s kinda like “your mama,” but in Spanish.
Example: “¿Me estás llamando fea? ¡Tu madre!”
How it would sound in English: “Are you calling me ugly? Your mother!”


“P**a Madre”

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Literal translation: Whore mother.
What it really means: Depends on context, really, but it’s usually used to express frustration.
Example: “Puta madre, the teacher gave us a pop quiz!”
How it would sound in English: “Whore mother, the teacher gave us a pop quiz!”


“Hija De Tu Chingada Madre/Chingada Madre”

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Literal translation: Daughter of a screwed mother.
What it really means: Effed mother. Variation of “Puta Madre.” Another way of expressing frustration.
Example: “Chingada madre, I got all the way to the store and forgot my wallet.”
How it would sound in English: “Daughter of a screwed mother, I got all the way to the store and forgot my wallet.”


“Chinga Tu Madre”

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Literal translation: Screw your mother.
What it really means: Eff your mother.
Example: “¡Chinga tu madre, guey!”
How it would sound in English: “Screw your mother, ox!”


“A Toda Madre”

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Literal translation: At all mother.
What it really means: Totally awesome.
How it sounds in Spanish: “¡Esa fiesta estuvo a toda madre!”
How it would sound in English: “That party was at all mother!”


“Con Madre”

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Literal translation: With mother.
What it really means: Awesome.
Example: “El baile está con madre!”
How it would sound in English: “This dance is with mother!”


“A La Madre”

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Literal translation: To the mother.
What it really means: Another one that depends on the context, but usually it’s used to express surprise or frustration.
Example: “Los planes se fueron a la madre y estoy hasta la madre con ellos de todos modos.”
How it would sound in English: “The plans went to the mother and I’m up to the mother with them anyway.”


“Me Vale Madre”

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Literal translation: It’s worth mother to me.
What it really means: I don’t give a sh*t. 
Example: “Me vale madre si la hice enojar.”
How it would sound in English: “It’s worth mother to me if I made her mad.”


“Ni Madres”

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Literal translation: No mothers.
What it really means: No way.
Example: “Ni madres quiero salir con tu primo! “
How it would sound in English: “No mothers I want to go out with your cousin!”


“No Tienes Madre”

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Literal translation: You have no mother.
What it really means: You have no shame/scruples/sense.
Example: “Te acabaste toda la cerveza, no tienes madre.”
How it would sound in English: “You finished all the beer, you have no mother.”


“Desmadre”

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Literal translation: Nothing quite captures it, but it’s like “unmothered.”
What it really means: Pandemonium (good or bad, depending on context).
Example: “Vives como un puerco, esta casa es un desmadre.”
How it would sound in English: “You live like a pig, this house is an unmothered.”


“Madrazo”

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Literal translation: There is none! It’s like a “big mother,” but not really.
What it really means: A hit, a punch, a crash.
Example: “Me dieron un madrazo en la cara con una chancla.”
How it would sound in English: “They gave me a big mother on the face with a flip-flop.”


“Partir La Madre”

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Literal translation: Split the mother.
What it really means: Kick your ass.  
Example: “Te voy a partir la madre.”
How it would sound in English: “I’m going to split your mother.”


“Poca Madre”

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Literal translation: Little mother.
What it really means: Someone or something that sucks. 
Example: “Sólo una persona con poca madre haría eso.”
How it would sound in English: “Only a person with little mother would do that.”


READ: 13 Mexican Sayings That Sound Really Weird When They’re Translated Literally

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Mexican Artist Transforms 1,527 Deadly Guns Into Life-Giving Shovels To Plant Trees

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Mexican Artist Transforms 1,527 Deadly Guns Into Life-Giving Shovels To Plant Trees

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A Mexican artist and activist embarked on a project to gather as many firearms as he could from Culiacán, Mexico, the city with the highest death by gun violence rate in Mexico, and transform them into shovels that would instead plant trees. Artist Pedro Reyes, a Mexico City native, has long been using his art to illustrate how evil can be transformed into good, with the right perspective. While the United States has, by far, the highest number of firearms per capita (120.5 per 100 persons), Mexico ranks 60th in the world. Pedro Reyes wanted to do his part in getting the deadly weapons off the street.

Reyes set out in Culiacán, Mexico, to trade civilian’s weapons for coupons for electronics, and residents traded 1,527 weapons.

Pedro Reyes’s project, known as “Palas por Pistolas” publicized the gun exchange on television ads and through local media.

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 All of this was made possible by the botanical garden of Culiacán, which has been commissioning artists to perform social impact interventions for years. Reyes made a proposal to the garden to organize a city-wide campaign for a voluntary donation of weapons. The commission was able to pay for television advertisements and liaise with local media to promote the project. Soon, the whole city knew that residents were invited to give up their guns in exchange for a coupon. Those coupons were then traded at a local store in exchange for domestic appliances and electronics.

Of the 1,527 weapons collected, 40 percent were automatic weapons, “exclusively” used for the military.

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The second phase of the project was put on public display. All 1,527 guns were taken to a military zone and were crushed by a steamroller in a public act. Then, the pieces were taken to a foundry and melted down to its original form. Once again, the same metal that was transformed into guns became a ‘blank page,’ available to transform into absolutely anything. Reyes worked with a major hardware factory to create molds that would create exactly 1,527 shovels. 

Since they’ve been repurposed, 1,527 trees have been planted.

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The shovels have been on display at a variety of art institutions. Admirers could read an inscription of the shovel’s origin story on the handle. Later, children and adults alike would feel the weight of what was once a gun in their hands as they dug up dirt to plant new life. Trees have been planted at the Vancouver Art Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, Paris’s Maison Rouge, Lyon Biennial, Marfa, Texas, and Denver, Colorado.

“This ritual has a pedagogical purpose of showing how an agent of death can become an agent of life,” Reyes said of the project. 

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Like every other Reyes project to date, the gift is a change in perspective. For whoever might have been injured or died at the hands of those 1,527 guns, as many trees have been planted in their honor. Reyes breaks down the concept of a gun to what it is: human intention and scrap metal. With a simple shift in intention, that metal has created lasting memories for children and created oxygen-giving life on this planet.  

Since “Palas por Pistolas,” Reyes has also installed “Imagine,” a similar concept that instead turns guns into musical instruments.

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In April 2012, Reyes was given the opportunity to transform human intention once again. “I got a call from the government who had learned about Palas por Pistolas,” Reyes said. “They told me a public destruction of weapons was to take place in Ciudad Juarez and asked me if I was interested in keeping the metal, which would otherwise have been buried as usual. I accepted the material but I wanted to do something new this time. 6700 weapons, cut into parts and rendered useless, were given to me and I set out to make them into instruments.”

“A group of 6 musicians worked for 2 weeks shoulder-to-shoulder turning these agents of death into instruments of life.”

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Reyes said it was far more challenging than simply turning the metal into shovels. The metal had to create sounds. “It’s difficult to explain but the transformation was more than physical,” Reyes writes. “It’s important to consider that many lives were taken with these weapons; as if a sort of exorcism was taking place the music expelled the demons they held, as well as being a requiem for lives lost.”

Living in a community free of guns ought to be a human right. Many liberties that we enjoy today were considered utopian, and the first step taken into that direction was to Imagine.” Reyes continues to draw attention not only to where guns are used, but where they are made. It is an industry and one he continues to reclaim for life.

READ: Mexicans Are Questioning Their Government’s Decision To Release El Chapo’s Son After A Massive Gun Battle

A Mexican-American Now Holds One Of The Highest Positions In The US Catholic Church, Could This Be An Anti-Trump Statement?

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A Mexican-American Now Holds One Of The Highest Positions In The US Catholic Church, Could This Be An Anti-Trump Statement?

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The Catholic Church has had a varied position in the political spectrum in contemporary times in the Americas. While in South American countries such as Chile and Argentina it has aligned with conservative governments and those in power, in the United States this centuries-old institution has traditionally been seen as a progressive force that generally innovates when it comes to the inclusion of ethnic minorities (they are, however, still pretty conservative when it comes to gender and sexual diversity, and reproductive rights).

It should not come as a surprise that the conclave of US Catholic bishops just made a pretty big decision by choosing an immigrant archbishop as perhaps the highest ranking priest in the country. He is a defender of migrant rights and can potentially be highly influential with the Latino vote come the 2020 presidential election. 

José Gomez, an immigrant of Mexican heritage was just named the next president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. 

In vernacular terms, this is a BFD. Archbishop José Gomez leads the Church in Los Angeles, a key jurisdiction when it comes to important affairs such as immigration, bilateral relations with Mexico and progressive agendas that the Church traditionally opposes, such as same-sex marriage and the legalization of marijuana. Los Angeles is also the largest archdioceses in the country, in part due to the large population of Latinos and Filipinos, who are traditionally born and raised Catholic.

He was elected almost unanimously with 176 votes from his fellow bishops, with just 18 votes going to his opponent, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit, who was subsequently voted vice president.

America The Jesuit Review sums up his background: “Archbishop Gomez, who was born in Monterrey, Mexico, was ordained to the priesthood in the Opus Dei prelature in 1978. In 1980, he received a doctorate in sacred theology from the University of Navarra, in Spain. He served as a priest in Texas from 1987 to 2000”. Even though he comes from one of the most conservative congregations in the Church, the Opus Dei, he has made a career by defending the rights of the marginalized.

He is a defender of migrants and a fierce supporter of DACA, so his election could be read as a political statement.

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Archbishop José Gomez has long defended migrant rights, which has made him popular among the Latino population of Los Angeles, one of the most multicultural metropolis in the world. Even though he had been serving as vice-president and his election followed tradition, some argue that it is also a sort of unofficial positioning of the Catholic Church against the iron-fisted immigration policies of the Trump administration, which have brought immense suffering to Latinos in the greater Los Angeles area, including forced family separations and deportations by the now despised government agency ICE. 

He doesn’t hold his words back when it comes to border affairs and the human crisis at hand.

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As The New York Times reported, the archbishop said after his election: “We have this situation at the border, which is a tragedy. We are constantly talking about immigration, especially encouraging our elected officials to do something, and to come up with immigration reform that is reasonable and possible”. Traditionally the separation of Church and State has been pretty clear in the United States, but as some Christian Evangelical denominations have become quite tight with the Trump White House and validate its tough policies, perhaps the Catholic Church will be a counterbalance when it comes to political lobbying in defence of migrant rights. 

He was born in Mexico and now defends DACA recipients.

Archbishop Gomez, contrary to many men of the cloth, is very direct when it comes to his political position. In the eve of his election he read a message for DACA recipients from the pulpit, just as the Trump administration is fighting to reverse the program and as the president has called some DACA recipients “criminals” on Twitter.

The message read: “In this great country, we should not have our young people living under the threat of deportation, their lives dependent on the outcome of a court case. So, we pray tonight that our president and Congress will come together, set aside their differences, and provide our young brothers and sisters with a path to legalization and citizenship”.

As we said, he doesn’t hold back. This is an elegant way of opposing the POTUS without being confrontational. He also believes that there is a Latino wave in the Church, given that the Pope is Argentinian: “The fact that the pope is a Latino makes us feel a responsibility for the church. He has been a great blessing for me and for the church. For Latinos, it’s easy to understand some of the wonderful things Pope Francis is doing to reach out to people”.