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Wednesday, September 11, 1996

By Jerry Hulsey

What does the word

burro really mean?

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Every gringo knows what a burro is - he's a small, long-eared pack
animal known for his stamina and stubbornness. You may have called him a
donkey, but if you're up-to-date with your language, he's a burro. Both
the word and the animal are very much in style.

Modern ranchers are using him to break or tame unmanageable livestock.
If your 1500 pound bull likes to fight or tear up your corrals, tie an
end of a rope around his neck and the other around the neck of your 500
pound burro, and turn them out into the pasture. By tomorrow, the burro
will have led the bull back to the barn in a different frame of mind.
4-Her's hauler break their show steers the same way. Turn your burro out
with your flock of sheep and he'll babysit for you - Mr. Coyote doesn't
dare enter.

But don't tell your burro he has these capabilities, because he
originated in Mexico. He knows what burro means in Spanish, which is
"stupid" or "dumb". Maybe we should give him his identity back by
calling him "donkey."

This brings me around to another interesting analogy. Put the Spanish
diminutive "ito" (meaning small) on the end of burro and we get a
burrito, a little donkey, or do we get a flour tortilla filled with
refried beans?

You Tex-Mex cooks are so ingenious with your recipes, but what a mess
you've created for our Spanish speaking neighbors south of the Rio
Grande (they were already confused enough with that name to them it's
Rio Bravo).

Here-to-fore, a Mexican knew that anything wrapped in a tortilla was a
taco, but never believe that our culture stays on this side of the
river. Now-a-days, in any cafe in Mexico, there's Marlboro cigarettes
and Burritos. Not likely Corona. That's a low class beer for Mexicans.

Our Mexican counterparts have demonstrated they can adapt to change, but
they're really having trouble with "fajitas." To ask the waitress for
"little girdles," well, that cowboy is just too "chicken."

EDITOR'S NOTE: Jerry Hulsey is a former school teacher who writes for


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