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'Narco-Cultura': Drug Slang Enters Mexico's Dictionary

Agence France-Presse
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August 8, 2016



Cocaine is known as 'cremita' (little cream) or 'talco' (talc) and a gram of the drug is a 'grapa' while a smaller dose is a 'puntita'. (AFP)

Pot smokers in Mexico inhale “mota.” A flamboyant drug cartel member bedecked in gold chains is dubbed a “buchon.” A corpse wrapped in sheets is “encobijado.”

Mexico’s underworld has its own lexicon, which has been used for years by drug traffickers and addicts but also the police and the media.

Now it’s fully going mainstream.

Narco slang has become so widespread that the prestigious College of Mexico will include dozens of these words in the second edition of the Spanish Dictionary of Mexico.

... Mexico’s “narco-cultura,” a term that refers to the music, films and fashion inspired by drug cartels, has been a controversial part of life in the country.

... The 2010 edition has 25,000 words. Some 7,000 new words will go into the next tome, including some 50 linked to the drug world, though Lara could still find more.

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