Caló Previous Episodes

“Entonces, Come Cuitcha.”

Today on Caló, writer Oscar Rodriguez highlights the word, cuitcha, also pronounced cuita. It means poop, excrement. By focusing on this word, Rodriguez shows Caló is more than a mixture of Spanish and English and other European languages — it’s also influenced by Native languages along the border.

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It’s Because The Rucas Don’t Like Your Ranfla

On this week’s episode of Caló, host Oscar Rodriguez breaks down the meaning of the words “ruca” and “ranfla.” The first word is a term of endearment for a woman, and “ranfla” is a way to refer to the car you drive.

You can hear Caló every Tuesday on Marfa Public Radio during “Dos Horas con Primo.”

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“Cantón No Es Chante”

On Caló this week, writer Oscar Rodriguez explores the words “cantón” and “chante” — shared-housing and a home, respectively.

You can hear Caló every Tuesday on Marfa Public Radio during “Dos Horas con Primo.”

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We’ll Tell Them Apéate Del Macho

On Caló this week, the word writer Oscar Rodriguez explores: “Apéate” — get down, get off, get on your feet.

You can hear Caló every Tuesday on Marfa Public Radio during “Dos Horas con Primo.”

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Mercar en Trucha

On Caló this week, host Oscar Rodriguez explores two words: “Mercar” and “Trucha” — the first meaning to buy or purchase, and trucha meaning to watch out, or be on alert.

You can hear Caló every Tuesday on Marfa Public Radio during “Dos Horas con Primo.”

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