One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural pochosderogatory, informal
A US citizen of Mexican origin; a culturally Americanized Mexican.‘the Mexican-American who forgets his true mother is a pocho’
- ‘‘Mexicans who visit the area call local Hispanics pochos, an unflattering reference to their inability to speak standard Spanish’.’
- ‘‘People spoke to me in English,’ recalls Pinzon, ‘because they thought I was a pocho - a Mexican-American.’’
Relating to US citizens of Mexican origin.‘the Mexicans are already noting figures of speech of mine that are pocho’
- ‘There are newspapers, such as La Opinion of Los Angeles, printed in the pocho area.’
Via Mexican Spanish from Spanish, literally ‘discoloured, pale’.
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