FW: etymology of chicano

Charles C Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Sun Apr 28 14:59:18 UTC 2013

Regarding the etymology of "Chicano," from "Mexicano"--and that troublesome "x" (or "j") that shows up in the spelling of Spanish words (cf. "Quixote"/"Quijote"):  I recall from my childhood in Texas(/"Tejas") in the 1950s that a common Gringo pronunciation of "Mexican"--often deemed offensive--was [mEs at k@n].


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