TIL ‘Hispanic’ refers to people who speak Spanish or who have a background in a Spanish-speaking country. ‘Latino’ refers to geography: specifically, people from Latin America including Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.

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  1. Interesting. I grew up with “hispanic” referring specifically to Spanish-as-a-first-language people who originated in the Caribbean islands, especially, but not limited to, Hispaniola. Every other North/South American was Latin(o/a).

    So: Dominican Republic = Hispanic … not to be confused with Haiti, which would have French people, despite being on Hispaniola and otherwise quite literally “Hispanic”. Puerto Ricans would be Hispanic. Venezuelans are Latino, as would be the Spanish-speaking Nicaraguan-Canadian barber in Inuvik.

    I must admit, writing this had me think about this topic more than in the rest of my life in total to 10 minutes ago.

    Here’s the brain melting question though… Are Brazilians Hispanic/Latino? What about folks from the Philippines? If Brazilians are, what about the left over colonial Portuguese in Macao? Do these kinds of labels really matter?

  2. Still find it strange that the Roman name for the whole Iberian peninsula now exclusively binds itself to the Spanish side and their old empire and never applied Portuguese too. (They have their own term Lusitanian which was just a province of Hispania).

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