Chuntaro is one of those words that’s not very easily defined. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve tried before, but just like beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it seems what is or isn’t chuntaro depends very much on who is employing this adjective of the Mexican vocabulario and why.
Say for example, you’re at a quinceañera and you’re having a great time. Yeah, they’re blasting conjunto music, your aunts and cousins are working the buffet line of food which they prepared, kids are running around like crazy, zig-zagging through the dance floor, and of course, there’s probably more beer than anything else, but you’re pretty stoked about how nice everything looks. All of a sudden you overhear someone saying “Ay qué bola de chuntaros… that’s why I didn’t want to come!”
Inevitably your going to start looking more closely at your surroundings, wondering what exactly makes this pachanga so chuntara, and more importantly… if you yourself could be considered chuntaro as well! Again, now whether you think this is an insult or a compliment – to be described by such an adjective – depends on how you feel about the word chuntaro. Personally, I’ve embraced the chuntaro in me! It’s a part of who I am… of who I’ve always been, and you know what, I really don’t think there’s anything wrong with being chuntaro.
Of course, I won’t tell you that I’m fully committed to the chuntaro lifestyle tampoco. I know how to conceal it when I need to, LOL!
If you want a more formal definition, here’s what the Urban Dictionary offers:
Chuntaro: Mexican slang word, synonym for “naco” (1) an Indian or Indian-looking Mestizo (2) an uncultured or lower class person. Pronounced: CHOON-tah-roh i.e. That barrio is full of nacos.
As usual, me and the Urban Dictionary don’t necessarily see eye to eye. I don’t like their definition of the word chuntaro here.
For a more visual take on the word ¡Chuntaro! and it’s meaning visit Chuntaritos.com.
I’m always on the hunt for new mexi-vocabulario.
What other words would you like me to include in the mexi-vocabulario? If you have one that you would recommend please share it with me here.
Writer’s Disclaimer: When I say mexi-vocabulario I don’t necessarily mean these words are exclusively Mexican, or only used by Mexicans. This is simply an expression of how they were introduced to me in our Mexican Spanish.
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