1. An English word borrowed into Spanish, often given a Spanish form or spelling, such as mopear (to mop) instead of trapear or limpiar.
2. American customs, attitudes, etc., adopted by a Hispanic in the US and perceived pejoratively by his compatriots.

ETYMOLOGY: From Spanish pocho (discolored, faded). Earliest documented use: 1944.

NOTES: Pocho is a derogatory term used by a Hispanic for a fellow countryman living in the US who is perceived to have lost his culture and adopted American attitudes, and speaks Spanglish (Spanish heavily influenced by English).


PACHISMO - thickness

POCKISMO - toughness, proved by surviving Variola

OCHISMO - the Eightfold Way