**Warning – swear word alert**
I have to admit I swear a lot. Damn has probably been one of my most favorite swear words. It fits perfectly in every occasion. Damn this…damn that…pick up the damn phone. You get the drift.
When I moved to Mexico, I learned a lot of swear words early on. People enjoyed telling them to me and hearing me parrot them back. Some sick twisted game they enjoyed playing with the new gabacha..!! Gabacha refers to an English speaking, non-Hispanic woman by the way. However, I never truly felt comfortable with any of the swear words. That is until I learned about pinche.
Technically, pinche refers to a kitchen boy. It’s the guy (or gal) who cleans up the Chef’s mess. They scrub pans and carry stuff around. Basically, a non-glorious worthless job. It’s still used in this manner in Spain. In fact, in most latin countries, it is not considered a bad word. Though it might be used to describe someone as cheap or a pest.
In Mexico, pinche is an all-purpose insult enhancer. It’s roughly equivalent to the use of *fucking* in English. However, it is also used as an adjective to describe something as insignificant, lousy, miserable or worthless. Pinche is strongly associated with cursing in Mexican Spanish. Therefore, the moment you use it, you give yourself away as a Mexican national or someone who has spent a lot of time in Mexico. See examples below…
pinche puto = worthless fuck
pinche cabron = worthless asshole/dick
pinche hombre = worthless dude/man
Or pinche gringo – worthless American. I have to say, I use pinche so extensively that it has replaced damn in most of my swearing repertoire. My Mexican friends thought it was hysterical. I was always pinche-ing something or someone. Pinche perro. Pincho carro. Pinche trabajo. But I guess they were also laughing because of the way I said it. My American accent made them laugh hysterically. At work, everyone wanted to know what was going to set me off that day and make me use the word. Now that I am back in the states, I have been using it so much that my friends here are starting to use it. hahaha. In that spirit, I introduce it to you. I hope you enjoy my pinche blog.. 🙂