[lit-ideas] Re: Are they synonymous?

  • From: Robert Paul <rpaul@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 27 Jan 2007 18:14:06 -0800

Back to the Latino/Hispanic issue: I've never heard Latinos refer to
themselves as "Hispanicos" in Spanish. They say Latino. They'll use the
phrase in English for the benefit of Mr. Kite.

When I was growing up down the valley, I picked prunes and walnuts, which needed in those days (and maybe still do) to be shaken from the trees by men using long, notched poles. They were inevitably from Mexico, and were called 'migrant workers,' which where we were didn't have Grapes of Wrath connotations. They all said that the language they spoke was Mexican.

Robert Paul

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