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Sacred Cow Headed for Slaughter?

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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.

 

2 comments to Sacred Cow Headed for Slaughter?

  • asombra

    Focus on Che’s crimes? What difference does it make? It’s the thought that counts, or the end justifies the means, or you gotta break some eggs to make an omelet, or something. You obviously haven’t read the script. Nobody cares about crimes committed by leftists anyway. I mean, Chomsky was OK with Pol Pot’s broken eggs, wasn’t he? He’s a famous intellectual, you know--and of the "correct" sort, which is critical. Like Paul Krugman, who writes for the NYT, so of course he’s an indisputable authority. See, the problem with conservatives is that they’re stupid enough to expect a level playing field with the same rules for everybody. Like, please. That's almost as stupid as "those people" expecting to get the same hearing as official Cuba experts, let alone being taken more seriously. The "liberal" leftist termites haven't been burrowing away unceasingly for a century for nothing.