po·​chis·​mo | \ pōˈchēz(ˌ)mō \
plural -s

Definition of pochismo

1 : a term of U.S. origin borrowed into Mexican Spanish and used along the border between the U.S. and Mexico especially by U.S.-born Mexicans not a single pochismo has added to the beauty of our Spanish language— F. G. Beraza
2 : a vocabulary consisting of pochismos

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History and Etymology for pochismo

Mexican Spanish, from poche, pocho U.S. resident of Mexican origin (probably from Spanish pocho discolored) + Spanish -ismo -ism

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“Pochismo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pochismo. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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