Nation: An Anglo-Chicano Lexicon

As with other minority groups, there is a special vocabulary used by and about Mexican Americans. The words, naturally, are mainly Spanish. Among them:

Anglo: white, non-Mexican American. Though normally used simply in a neutral, descriptive manner, the term sometimes has pejorative overtones. It has to some extent replaced gringo. Agringada describes a Mexican American who has gone completely Anglo in his way of life.

Barrio: literally "district," the Spanish-speaking quarter of a U.S. city; also, colonia.

Bracero: Mexican citizen brought into the U.S. temporarily and usually in groups to add to the existing...

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