I take exception, in part, to your response to Mandilón in Manhattan. This part, "But, like El Norte, Mexican culture keeps coarsening, making pinche more acceptable than ever." This is an answer from a Mexican Mexican.
Mandilón, excuse me, "pussy-whipped pocho" asks if pinche is a "bad" word among Mexican-americans. You reply that "#fucktrump" is acceptable from 5 yr olds and up. Then you add that you would never in front of "Mámi". Good boy! Then comes the "But"...
Mexican Americans, estado-unidenses, are, for the most part, pochos. But we fear the "chancla" like everybody else. So, it seems to me, that slang use is a matter of respect. PW pussy wants to know if we use it liberally or not.
Allow me to make comparison between language use and seasoning food. Some people cannot stomach spicy food. So, don't serve them spicy food, unless you don't like them. But we, Mexican-americans like it hot and spicy. And we anticipate the continued popularity of all things mexican. "Taco trucks on every corner..." Then why hold back on the "spicy"language? Americans want more hot and spicy. Let them season to taste.
Mexicans in the "states" are a mixture of cultures. But are "we" coarsening the the culture? En serío? Seriously! The newer arrivals find everything wrong with everybody, pinche gueros, pinche pochos, and yes, pinche putos.
!No seas gúey! Give your readers the entire menu of spanish expression.
I enjoy your advice column. I work in customer service and get similar questions from my customers and non-Spanish speaking friends.
And 'greaser' has not always referred to anyone of a specific ethnic heritage. In S.E. Hintons wonderful 1967 book 'The Outsiders,' the "Greasers' were the group of lower economic class kids who wore grease in their hair, motorcycle jackets, etc. It had less to do with ethnicity/race and more to do with a class of people or subculture. Of course S.E. Hinton is referencing the greaser sub culture that existed across American throughout the 40's, 50's, 60's and also had nothing to do with race, it was a sub culture that revolved around music, cars and a rejection of their parents culture, no different than later youth movements like the hippies, the punks, etc.
Words are powerful things and it always amazes me that two people can use the same word and interpret it in very different ways. Instead of assuming the context, just ask about it and seek understanding. We can live in a better world!
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