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Where Did the Word “Cholo” Come From?

Woman explaining origin of the word "cholo"

When you hear the word “cholo,” what comes to mind? Excessive eyeliner? Lowriders? Tattoos? What does “cholo” is even really mean? Despite its noted modern definition, the word’s history and cultural significance actually dates all the way back to the Spanish Conquest in South America. MTV’s Decoded takes a crack at how this word evolved and carried itself into Latinx culture in the U.S.

Vivian Wang

Vivian is a travel enthusiast and food connoisseur living in New York City. Her curiosity and passion for languages and culture has taken her across eight countries over the past year. When not working, you can find her meandering in art museums or sampling food at the street markets.

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