Mock Spanish

Mock Spanish (fl. 1953- ) is that thing where Anglo Americans use Spanish, much of it deformed, for added humour: “No problemo”, “Hasta la vista, baby”, “el cheapo”, “cojones”, “grassy ass”, “Comprende?”, etc. Because of Hollywood, it is no longer just them.

Most Anglos
 seem to see it as light-hearted, broad-minded and worldly (“See, I know some Spanish!”). It is used by the high and the low, the left and the right. They do not mean it to be racist, therefore they think it cannot possibly be racist.

Many Latinos
, but not all, see it as disrespectful, if not racist.

The disrespect
 is not imagined – it is built right into Mock Spanish:

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