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T
he question I get asked most often is: What is the differ-
ence between Latino and Hispanic? Let’s go straight to
the dictionary and see what it says.
Hispanic
(h
i
ˈ
spæn
i
k)—
adj
1. of or relating to the people, speech,
or culture of Spain or of Spain and Portugal 2. of, relating to, or being
a person of Latin American descent living in the United States;
espe-
cially
:
one of Cuban, Mexican, or Puerto Rican origin.
Latino
(læ
ˈ
tiːnʊ)—
n
(
U.S.
) 1. a native or inhabitant of Latin America
2
.
a person of Latin-American origin living in the United States. Origin:
American Spanish, probably short for
latinoamericano
Latin American.
First Known Use: 1946
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The 2010 census has its own definition for these terms, which they
use interchangeably, making things even more confusing:
Census definition
: “Hispanic or Latino refers to a person of Cuban,
Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish
culture or origin regardless of race.”
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But if you ask me where I am from, I’ll probably say I’m Spanish
(because of my mom) or Puerto Rican (because of my dad). You see,
we generally don’t use the terms “Hispanic” or “Latino” to identify our-
selves. These are terms used by other people to refer to us. Like most
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