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El Libro De Caló: The Dictionary of Chicano Slang. Compiled by Harry Polkinhorn, Alfredo Velasco & Malcom Lambert.  (pbk) ISBN 0915745194 $22.95. Includes index & concordance.

The most authoritative dictionary and guide to understanding the dialect popularly spoken by Chicanos in the Southwest.

Caló has evolved in every decade since the 1940-1950s. It underwent much change during the Chicano Movement of the 1960s as Chicanos began to enter U.S. universities and become exposed to counterculture and psychedelia. Caló words and expressions became cultural symbols of the Chicano Movement during the 1960s and 1970s, when they were used frequently in literature and poetry. Such language was sometimes known as floricanto. Caló enjoyed mainstream exposure when the character "Cheech", played by Cheech Marin used Caló in the Cheech and Chong movies of the 1970s.

By the 1970s, the term Pachuco was frequently shortened to "'Chuco". The Pachuco originated from El Paso, Texas, which was the root of the city's nickname, "Chuco Town". Pachucos usually dressed in zoot suits with wallet chains, round hats with feathers and were Chicanos.

Caló is not to be confused with Spanglish, which is not limited to Mexican Spanish. It is similar to Lunfardo, a mix of Spanish and Italian spoken in Argentina's lowly barrios, in that it has an eclectic and multilingual vocabulary.

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