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Hispanic Heritage Month…

Due to the surplus of holiday spirit and of course the massive amounts of media coverage (cough cough) that Hispanic Heritage Month receives, I’ve decided to educate you on a major distinction within the Hispanic community, you know, ’tis the season…

Pet Peeve: /pet, pēv/. noun. – A minor annoyance that an individual identifies as particularly annoying to them, to a greater degree than others.

We all have that rather mild annoyance that just isn’t so mild to us. In fact, it makes us cringe every time we hear/see it. It might be bad grammar, loud gum-smacking, someone chewing with his/her mouth open, or someone wearing socks with sandals. The possibilities are endless. You can tell when you’ve struck someone’s pet peeve because you can see it in their face. It contorts uncontrollably into varying degrees of disgust.  I bring this topic up because I recently found myself guilty of committing one of my very own pet peeves (Ain’t that a bitch?). My face almost collapsed into itself once I realized it. I guess it’s because I have grown accustomed to hearing it said so much that I’ve accepted it as normal.  But it isn’t.  And I vow to never commit such a heinous crime ever again. I hope that by clearing it up here others will be deterred as well.

Here’s the Pet Peeve: People referencing to anything Hispanic/Latino as “Spanish” when they don’t actually mean Spaniard.

Whether it’s the dreaded, “Are you Spanish?” or the “I’m craving Spanish food.” and even “I love Spanish music.”  It all makes me cringe. ESPECIALLY when a person of Hispanic/Latino heritage does it. Here’s why it should make you cringe as well. Change the word “Spanish” in all of the above sentences to “English”. Does it make any sense now? It does only if you are asking the person if they are from England, if you are craving a typical dish from England, or if you are stating that you love aaaallll music that is in the English language ranging from fairy tale Disney Musicals to hardcore triple X Gangster Rap. Otherwise….No. No, it does NOT make any sense.

Yes, I love you English people as well. Even though you’re not English. At all…

Here’s your lesson: To avoid this mistake, just follow these simple rules:

  1.  Ask someone if they are Spanish ONLY if you actually want to know if they are Spaniard. You know asking if they are from Spain
  2. You are craving Spanish food ONLY if you are craving a typical dish from Spain (Paella, Gazpacho, Tapas, etc) and not Puerto Rican, Mexican, Cuban, etc.
  3. You love Spanish music ONLY if you like every single genre as long as it is sung in the Spanish language.

Here’s your bonus lesson: There’s no general consensus for the terms Hispanic vs Latino, however, most would agree with the following

  1. Hispanic – Someone/something of Spanish-Speaking origin/ancestry. In my personal opinion, this includes ALL Spanish-Speaking countries and excludes non-Spanish-speaking countries (Spain, Mexico, Puerto Rico, etc but NOT Brazil, Belize, Guyana, etc).
  2. Latino/a – Someone/something with origins in Latin America (or descendent thereof). Whether they speak Spanish or not is irrelevant. (includes Brazil, French Guyana, etc but NOT Spain, Portugal, etc). So, by this general rule, Spaniards are Hispanic but not Latino. Brazilians are Latino but not Hispanic. Confused? Good.

Don’t leave us feeling this way. It tires my eyes and brain out when I think this hard.

Hopefully this clears things up. If not, then oh well. Just don’t be surprised when I hit you with a contorted WTF face next time you say it. If it did clear things up, then I’m glad that we are all on the same page and well-educated. What are your pet peeves? Let’s end the pet peeves one at a time. I DONE SAID IT.

-This Guest Post was written by ERockPerez, you can follow him on twitter @ERockPerez.  I love it when Spanish people…err I mean Hispanic…or maybe I mean Latino people contribute to the blog….

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Euro 2012 Quarterfinals

Hmmm so maybe I was a little wrong on some of the teams.  Of the 8 that advanced from the group stages, I picked 6 of ’em right. Not to bad.  So now let’s have my horrible analysis predict the Quarterfinal match-ups that start today.

Czech Republic vs. Portugal – Ronaldo is still a douche based off of his interview after a horrible game against Denmark.  When fans taunted him with chants of “Messi” he decided to be a bitch and talk shit about Messi.  He then scored 2 goals in the next game.  Portugal is the superior team here, but I think the Czech Republic pull off an upset.  If not I guess my prediction rate is still at the 75% rate right?

Germany vs. Greece – The well oiled German machine led by George McFly (Mario Gomez) and John Kreese from the Kobra Kai Dojo (Thomas Mueller) haven’t really struggled thus far.  Look for Ozil and Podolski to roam wildly in midfield.  The Greeks do not stand a chance.

Spain vs. France – Wow, this is gonna be a really good game.  If France played like they did to end the group stage they will lose.  Spain needs to change up areas of attack, the passing works against undisciplined teams, but to beat quality opponents you need various methods of attack.  Look for Spain to win in a close match.

England vs. Italy – Rooney and his hair plugs are back.  Italy to me has been decent but could be much better.  If Balotelli improves along with Di Natale staying consistent in attack, I think the Italians can win this easily.  England needs to start Walcott if they want to tire the Italian defense.  Italy advances.

That’s my predictions for the Quarterfinals, when I am wrong on all of them, do not be mad you bet your house and your first born son on my idiotic predictions.  When I’m right tho, ooooooh baby!!

Here they come….blitzkrieg!!

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Euro 2012

Come on now, you KNEW I had to say something about the Euro 2012.  It’s not the World Cup for international teams, but it might as well be.  Honestly if you just said, “hey Brazil and Argentina do you wanna compete in this tourney?” then it would be the best QUALITY tournament ever.  I’m not knocking the World Cup, but the Euro’s as they stand have better teams from top to bottom than the World Cup does (I’m looking at you Saudi Arabia).  So with that, today this exciting tourney starts.  Will Spain defend their crown, and in doing so be the first team to win 3 major tournaments in a row?  Or will Germany, France, Holland, England, or Portugal have something to say about it?  Lucky for you, I’m gonna put on my Nostradamus cap  and predict the Group Stages.

Group A:  Poland, Greece, Russia, Czech Republic

Not really the sexy group of the tournament, I have Russia winning it with Greece finishing 2nd.  Not that I’m hating on the host nation (Poland) or on the Czech’s but I just don’t see it happening.

Group B: Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Portugal

The Group of Death.  Every game in this group should be fun and entertaining.  As big of a bitch as Ronaldo is, he is the 2nd best player in the world (yes I said second), meaning since Messi can’t play in the Euro’s that he is the best player in this tournament.  Is it enough to advance through the group stages? I don’t think so.  The Germans are a well oiled machine.  No seriously, I think they are a bunch of robots.  Hitler youth’s youth? (Too soon? Come on its been over 50 years!!)  The Dutch.  The co-favorites of this group with the Germans.  The winner of this group is my pick to advance to the finals from their side of the bracket.  I’m calling Holland and Germany advancing.  Still don’t know which way to go as one and two.  Oh yeah, Denmark is in here….yeh, that’s about as much as they will get mentioned.

Group C: Croatia, Italy, Spain, Ireland

A fun group as well.  Italy once again rocked by scandal (plus they have the biggest knucklehead in Balotelli on their team).  Spain boasting the Euro 2008 trophy and World Cup 2010 title.  Ireland has Lucky of Lucky Charms fame (he is Irish right)? And Croatia has…ehh, yeh Croatia.  I’m picking Spain and Italy, but I do think Croatia could challenge Italy for that 2nd spot.  If the Italians lose focus, watch out.  Croatia trying to shock again this year.

Group D: England, France, Sweden, Ukraine

I can safely say that I hate all the teams in this group.  Ukraine, I don’t even know you that well but you are guilty by association.  Sweden has the notorious douchebag in Zlatan Ibrahimobitch…I mean Ibrahimovic.  I don’t think anyone on ANY of his teams has ever actually liked him.  France is the class of this group.  They have a strong side, and with Ribery and Benzema up top and Nasri providing them balls (yeh, the French like it when they are provided balls…zing!), they are one of the favorites of the entire tourney not just this group.  Then you have England.  Underachieving England.  They should advance out of the group stage (even with Rooney’s suspension), but they SHOULD have advanced further in the last world cup too.  I have France and England coming out of here, but England has been known to just not show up.  Look for Sweden to try to play spoiler.

(Without a doubt, Soccer highlights are the best to watch in montage form.)

Really guys? A flower? Poland-Ukraine. First thing that came to mind was a flower? Yeah, not so much….

I’ll be back after the Group Stages with more picks..

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