Argentina

Talk

Don’t be surprised if you hear some creative terms of endearment on the street. It’s common to refer to one’s friends as boludo (“big balls”) or loco (“crazy”). “Che” is also used.

There is no such thing as political correctness in Argentina. In a colloquial speech, larger people are unapologetically addressed as gordo (fat), blacks as “negro”, and anyone resembling indigenous people are also commonly addressed as “bolita” also (regardless of their actual ancestry); Italians are tanos; Spaniards gallegos; Jews rusos; anyone Asian chinos and the like. This sort of blunt address is considered somewhat normal in Argentina. Try to take it lightly, as it is usually not meant to offend, but don’t copy it, because in certain circles this practice is considered racist and xenophobic.

(source: Wikitravel)

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