Everyone knows that Argentinians were once known for calling each other “che”, and that this trait was inseparably linked to Argentina: this is why the filthy sociopath Ernesto Guevara was dubbed “Che” by his equally filthy and murderous Cuban associates.
Well, as you probably guessed, this assumption is being challenged, along with everything else, including the real existence of the universe. Now, someone who is trying to uncover the origin of this very Argentinian term tells us that it is not Argentinian at all, but Valencian, or something else. Maybe it’s Arabic. Or an indigenous Andean word for “me” and “you.” The only origin seemingly ruled out is from outer space. (Wait till the “Ancient Aliens” producers at the History Channel hear about this).
Any way you slice it, this study is trying to put some distance between “che”, Argentina, and “Che.” Is this a crack in the foundation of Che mythology, or some fluke?
Question of the day: What if instead of pursuing the etymology of his nickname, scholars would devote more attention to Che’s crimes?
Article in Spanish HERE, from BBC Mundo.