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Mixed-race Mexicans call themselves the darnedest things

Dear Readers: I asked half-breeds a couple of weeks ago to write in with nicknames that describe their mixed-Mexican heritage. Muchos many responses continue to trickle in; gracias for the submissions. Following is a handy glossary that ustedes wrote, with the occasional Mexican commentary—enjoy!

If you're half-Mexican and. . .

Half-African: Afrijoles

Half-black: Black beans, Blaxican, Choco-Taco, Negrexican

Half-Arab: Garbanzo beaner, America's worst nightmare

Half-Canadian: Canexican

Half-Chinese: Chexican, Chinacan, Chinkano, combination plate, Mexinese, rice-n-beans

Half-Cornish: Cornish tortilla

Half–Costa Rican:Mextico (tico is a nickname for Costa Ricans)

Half-Croatian:Cro-Mex

Half-Czech: Czecano, Czex-Mex, Czexican, Mexislovakian

Half-Filipino: Chilipino, Mexipino

Half-Flemish: Fletino

Half-French: Frenchican

Half-gabacho: Amerilanga (combination of "American" and chilanga, the nickname for someone from Mexico City), Caucano, Gabaxicano, Güerexican, Mixican, Whispanic, white bean

Half-German:Beanerschnitzel, Germexican, wiener beaner

Half-Greek:Greexican, Mexi-eek (I never said all of the nicknames were clever)

Half-Guatemalan: Chapano (chapín is a nickname for Guatemalans)

Half-Hawaiian: Pineapple salsa

Half-honky:Chichonky

Half-Indian (the India kind): Curry tamale

Half-Indian (the Indian kind): Navajole

Half-Irish:Leprecano, green bean, McBeaner

Half-Italian: Mexican pizza, Spic-talian

Half-Japanese:Japanic, Mexanese

Half-Jewish:Jalapeño bagel, Jumex (also the name of a delicious Mexican fruit-nectar drink), Kahlua-jewa, kosher burrito, Mexi-Jew

Half-Korean: Korexican

Half-Pakistani:Mexistani

Half-Panamanian: Panamex

Half-Polish:Polexican, Polexiqui (this particular gal was Yaqui Indian on her Mexican side; she also called herself a Mexipolaqui)

Half-Portuguese:Pork-n-beans

Half-redneck: Rednexican, redback, wetneck

Half-Russian: Brown Russian

Half-Salvadoran:Salvexican

Half-Samoan: Samexican

Half-Scotch:McRiguez

Half-Turk: Turxican

Other Latinos also joined the game. A half-Spanish, half-American called himself "spam," a Cuban Jew goes by "Jewban," while a Peruvian from Minnesota describes herself as a "Minneruvian." Meanwhile, a Puerto Rican from New York insisted that Dominicanos were half-Dominican, half-anus (ano is "anus" in Spanish). And a half-Indian, half-Jew wrote in at the last moment with his moniker: Gandhistein. But the final, wisest word goes to a full-blooded gabacho:

"How about 'an American,' like all of us mutts?"

Don't see your nickname? E-mail me below, and I'll compile a full list for my as-yet-unfinished webpage!

 
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