slang

You heard it, you said it, you know it.

PENDEJO. USE IT IN A SENTENCE. ERES UN PENDEJO.

There’s the Orange Pendejo, first of all, and that pendejo down the block who parks his ranfla like a baboso. Let’s not forget that pendeja on the train with the cheap perfume and those pendejos at the construction site who cat-call every time a mujer walks on by.

But what does PENDEJO mean, exactly? If you’ve ever looked it up, the dictionary says it means “pubic hair,” but how did that turn into “asshat” or “jerkface” or “_______?”

Let’s follow along with University of Texas Río Grande Valley Profe David Bowles: [Mas…]

(PNS reporting from HOLLYWOOD) Latino media crix nix the new prime-time fall tele sked in latest minority tubthump, claiming the nets are ignoring a whammo part of the aud by nixing topline talent of color. They also accuse not only webs, but percenteries, individual percenters, reps, prexies and veeps for the lack of color in the ranks of exex, scribblers, scripters, scribes, helmers and thesps. [Mas…]

panzonI was born and raised in El Paso in an area known as The Second Ward because of its political designation in city government.

In the greater community, it was most popularly called South El Paso. However, the approximately 25,000 mostly Chicano people who lived there referred to the neighborhood as El Segundo Barrio. It was a barrio that was like an island sandwiched between the Rio Grande Mexican border and downtown El Paso.

In this isolated area, about a third of the families were of second or third generation Mexican descent like ours. Another third was made up of mostly migrant newer arrivals and the rest were in transition. However, it was the Spanish language that served to unite the whole community. Although Spanish was prevalent, lots of exposure to English came through, school, work, movies, radio, music and TV, which was then in its infancy.

Although I love that I am bilingual, I was recently reminded that I am, in fact, trilingual. You see, this third language was unique to our Segundo Barrio culture because it originated there. It started as the jargon for the criminal element in our midst. These outlaws were widely know as “pachucos” because of the Los Angeles bent to their style of clothes. Most of us called them Tirilis and for all intents, they were the precursors of today’s gang members. [Mas…]


“There are some words, not many, just a few — that we decided, we won’t use them all the time,” said the late comedian George Carlin in his famous routine about the “seven dirty words.” If you aren’t familiar with it –– the skit tries to pinpoint a definitive list of words you can never say on radio and television [See NSFW video below.] [Mas…]

Today’s Word: Pronunciation, definition of ‘chingadera’ (NSFW video)

by Comic Saenz May 19, 2014 Cultura
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Pat Cordes, one of the mujeres chingonas responsible for the Mexico Guru website, demonstrates the proper pronunciation of chingadera, and then she uses it correctly in a sentence. [NSFW adult language.] PREVIOUSLY ON CHINGA:

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Pizza Patron: Our ‘La Chingona’ pies sold despite haters (video)

by MOSCA MEXICAN April 18, 2014 Cultura
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Last month we made fun of the out-of-touch radio stations who wouldn’t run commercials for Pizza Patron’s massive pepperoni and jalapeño topped pie because the La Chingona name was too, uhm, spicy. Silly squares! The joke was on you, and the triumphant mad men and marketeers at the Texas-based company posted this video Thursday to […]

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Chinga! Pizza Patron’s slangy ‘La Chingona’ ad scares the squares

by Comic Saenz March 17, 2014 Cultura
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The last time POCHO mentioned Pizza Patron was when they pissed people off by advertising free pepperoni pies on June 5, 2012 if you ordered en Español. Elise Roedenbeck covered the story and noted the Pocho Ocho other things you can get for speaking Spanish. Now the Dallas-based chain is back in the news with […]

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Diego Luna teaches Conan O’Brien Spanish: ‘¡Que pedo!’ (video)

by FRAN DEJO August 8, 2013 Cultura
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Elysium star Diego Luna gives late-night host Conan O’Brien un poco de ayuda. No mames! RELATED: Chinga tu madre, cabron! How to curse like a Mexican (NSFW video)

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‘El Norte:’ Guatemalan teaches how to speak like a Mexican (video)

by JEN GADA August 8, 2013 Cultura
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When a Guatemalen refugee fleeing the civil war of the 1980s is about to cross into Mexico on a journey to the U.S. — El Norte — he gets helpful advice on how to talk like a Mexican — hablar como Mexicano. [NSFW if people in your office don’t like Mexican obscenity.] Thanks to Laurita […]

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A POCHO Public Service: Sh*t Salvadorans Say (video)

by Bronco del Camino July 22, 2013 Cultura
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With Salvadorans about to outnumber Cubans in America, it’s time to learn all we can about our new neighbors. From the land of pupusas comes this video which may help you get to know Salvadorans a little better. The Salvadoran world view runs from burros to putas to negros to picsa and, don’t forget, psh […]

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‘Hey Vato!’ returns with all-new episode: The Gun Show (NSFW video)

by Comic Saenz April 16, 2013 El Now
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Working out is hard to do, as Hey Vato! homie Chuy pumps iron and homie Smiley ponders irony in a backyard in the barrio. (NSFW language.) Every Hey Vato! video here: Complete ‘Hey Vato!’ NSFW existential angst of Chuy y Smiley (videos)

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Complete ‘Hey Vato!’ NSFW existential angst of Chuy y Smiley (videos)

by Don Juan Gamera June 30, 2012 Cultura
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When we heard one of our favorite Hey Vato! episodes (The Tattoo) would be screening at the San Francisco Frozen Film Festival we knew it was time for a special Sabado Ponchonte Saturday Night Video Festival featuring EVERY episode of our favorite web series, in order, so here they are. Hey Vatos! Orale!

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Someone dissed you? Curse like a Mexican with these comebacks

by Comic Saenz June 25, 2012 Cultura
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The folks at Mun2.tv are back with the second part of their Curse Like A Mexican series. This time it’s how to properly deliver the comeback. The video is NSFW if people overhear it, know Spanish, and dislike cuss words. The English translations/subtitles are bleeped. The first episode is here.

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Pocho Ocho ironic nicknames that aren’t as insulting as they seem

by María Purísima May 3, 2012 Cultura
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8. Gordo/a – This word (it means “overweight”) seems like an insult, but  it’s just another way to say, “Hey you!”  You don’t have to be fat to get this nickname. 7. Flaco/a –  And you don’t actually have to be skinny to get this nickname. Of course, you could be relatively skinny compared to […]

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Dear Gorton’s: Thanks for the apology but …

by Bernadette Rivero February 21, 2012 Cultura
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Dear Gorton’s Seafood and Rinck Advertising: I am thrilled to the gills that you took the time to respond. I am a fan of your products, and hope that they reach many more households than mine. However, your response reveals exactly why you floundered in the first place. You mention that you “used a Spanish […]

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New from Gorton’s: Deliciosos Tits and Fishsticks! (updated)

by Bernadette Rivero February 17, 2012 Cultura
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So, what if I could find tits and fish sticks all in one place? A one-stop shop for all my breast and seafood needs? This is what’s on my mind today after Gorton’s fun website snafu. They launched a web page for Spanish-speaking Latina moms this week, and left one teeny tiny accent off a […]

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The Pocho Ocho Spanglish words every pocho must know

by MARÍA PURÍSIMA January 12, 2012 Cultura
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8. Pants,  as in sweatpants, and it’s pronounced in Spanish, otherwise it wouldn’t count as Spanglish. Say “pontz.” These are what Richard Simmons should wear. 7. Chores, the seasonal opposite of pants, chores (pronounced: CHor-Essss), are even good to wear during the winters in most of the Southwest. Richard Simmons wears these. 6. Cornfleis,  you […]

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