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Here Are Some Super Sweet Spanish Nicknames For Relationships That Are Too Bizarre In English

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We’ve all heard mi amor and bonita used in Spanish to describe significant others. It makes sense since those mean my love and beautiful. However, there are some common nicknames we use to show our significant others love that would be very offensive in English. These are names you’ve definitely heard your mom or dad use in sweet moments and you’ll feel so represented in these. Write some down. You don’t know when you’ll need it.

Bichito / Bicho

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Kicking off our list is probably one of the most interesting terms of endearment in Spanish. Literally translated as ‘little bug,’ bichito and bicho are probably terms that would have English speakers scratching their heads. Like, who would call their boyfriend or girlfriend a bug? 🐞 

Bombón

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This term from Argentina is used to describe someone who is beautiful or handsome. Honestly, bombons in any version are very beautiful things. Whether it is using it in the endearing sense, or when talking about the actual chocolates. Bombon is just one of those words that has no negative connotations.

Sirenita

Guys (and ladies) if your girl’s favorite Disney princess is “The Little Mermaid,” this is one name you might like to file under ‘cute nicknames.’ Sirenita = well you guessed it, little mermaid. Sure. You might have heard someone as some point affectionately refer to their love as their little mermaid but how common is that really?

China

If you have got yourself a curly-headed cutie you can turn into your wife a la Kyle from the song “iSpy,” then china is the nickname you can memorize. China in Spanish isn’t talking about the country or dinner plates, but a curly-haired woman. We know. Some of these don’t make any sense but the phrase “raining cats and dogs” makes no sense in any other language.

Flaca / Flaco

You don’t hear many girlfriends/boyfriends/partners in the U.S. call each other ‘skinny’ as a term of endearment. A common nickname for baes in Latin America, flaca is also what is used as the term for ‘girlfriend’ in Peru. Though, if your family uses it to describe you, it usually means you have gotten too skinny and need to eat.

Gordita / Gordito

It’s almost an unwritten rule that adding ‘ita’ or ‘ito’ to anything in Spanish makes it a cute form of a nickname. You won’t hear people in the U.S. saying ‘Hi little fatty’ to the person they are dating, but in Spanish, this is what make a person feel loved. Also, this word is common in families and only sometimes means you are a little too fat.

Media Naranja

Similar to someone saying ‘their other half’ in English, media naranja is used to describe a person’s significant other in Latin America. It literally means ‘half of an orange.’ Might be a bit bizarre but that’s life in the Southern Hemisphere.

Galla

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Chick is often used in English for a girl, and it has its counterpart in Spanish. Used often in Chile, ‘galla’ is a term for girl.

Mi Cielo

Spanish speakers love using celestial bodies in reference to the love of their lives. This phrase literally translates as my sky. Guess you can tell that special someone that if you’re calling them mi cielo, it’s because you always have someone to look up to. 


READ: These Are The Nicknames Your Mom Adored, But Seriously Embarrassed You Growing Up

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Vandals Destroyed A Hispanic Heritage Month Mural At Duke University And Here's How Students Fought Back

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Vandals Destroyed A Hispanic Heritage Month Mural At Duke University And Here’s How Students Fought Back

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Hispanic Heritage Month, also referred to as Latinx Heritage Month, is from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 every year. It is meant to give recognition and praise to the accomplishments that Latinos have made in the U.S. The current political climate has been hostile to the Latino community and a recent even at Duke University shows the necessity of proudly owning ones Latinidad.

Latino students at Duke University wanted to show off their Latino pride for Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Mi Gente is Duke University’s official Latinx student organization, which celebrates and organizes events around Hispanic Heritage Month. According to Sujeiry Jimenez, a co-president of Mi Gente, one of the events is “Pintando Murales” where students participate in the bridge painting.

“This mural functions as a sense of pride and acknowledgment of the Latinx community at Duke. It is used as a way to highlight the beginning a time when our culture is celebrated nationally,” Jimenez says. “It also serves as a way to publicize Latinx Heritage Month to the Duke community and extend an invitation to our programming for the month.”

The mural was defaced less than 24 hours after it was completed.

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Jimenez says that the group was unaware of any negative sentiment toward the mural. The mural painting is something that the organization does every year. According to Jimenez, there has never been a negative reaction in the past.

FBI data shows that hate crimes have risen since President Trump won the 2016 elections. The NAACP has credited the increase in hate crimes to Trump’s own legacy of division and racism. According to reports, Trump’s name has been invoked by people carrying out hate crimes against different communities.

Jimenez isn’t completely surprised by the vandalism, however.

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The increase in hate crimes across the nation have been tied to increased negative rhetoric about immigrant and minority communities. The Southern Poverty Law Center directly blames President Trump’s rhetoric about minority groups as the cause of increased hate crimes. Communities facing the surge of hate-related violence share the same sentiment.

“Fears of incidents like this happening were very present in our community as other minority communities at Duke had already been victims of targeted crimes,” Jimenez explains. “I felt devastated but not completely shocked. Incidents like this had happened at Duke not long before this. Before classes even started this year, the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture was also the target of an act of hate speech.”

The students, rather than shying away, repainted the mural as an act of fighting back against the hate.

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Jimenez says it only took a few hours to report the vandalism, send a message to organization members and reconvene to fix the mural.

“As a both a leader and member of the Latinx community it was very powerful to see the response not only from our own community but from the larger Duke community,” Jimenez recalls. “We, as a community decided to write over the spray paint, but not with the intention of covering it up. We wanted to send a message of resilience and show that we could rise about the hate. Then, we recreated our mural to the side of where the original one was.”

They decided to send the vandals a message of their strength while letting the hate show.

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Jimenez says the group choice the phrase, “They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.” because of it’s cultural significance. For many Latinos, the Mexican proverb has been in their homes and at their demonstrations.

“We have to keep fighting. Engage and empower your communities. Show up and stand up for your community. This is all of our fights,” Jimenez says. “This is going to be a long fight, but we must work now so that future generations can continue and build on the work we start today! We must create space in spaces that were not created for us. Póngansen las pilas y échenle ganas, la lucha sigue.”


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