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'Che' does not mean communist

Anders Kelto
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In Argentina, people often say "che" to one another. The first time someone did this to me, it threw me for a loop. Were they making fun of me? Implying that I was a communist? Eventually, I figured out that it's just a way of saying "hey" or "yo" or is sometimes a term of endearment. So don't worry, if someone uses this term, it doesn't mean they think you're a pinko commie--it means they like you. Although, this being Argentina, they might like you even more if you are a pinko commie.

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Posted on 5/19/2009 by

Juan Ignacio Pagola

Juan Ignacio Pagola

Going back to its roots, the term 'Che' had been used by Portenos, the Buenos Aires City inhabitants, long before the Cubans ever started calling Ernersto Guevara 'Che'. So the misleading association of this word with the concept of communism has spread outside Argentina ever since Ernesto, internationally and historically recognized as a key figure in the Cuban Revolution, was killed. 'Che', as Anders explains, is simply Argentine slang for 'Hey". A lot less romantic, a whole deal more pragmatic. Now you now it from an Argentinian :)

Posted on 5/19/2009 by

Juan Ignacio Pagola

Juan Ignacio Pagola

PS: I meant, now you know it... Where's the Edit option!?

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