What's a 'Sancho'?

[¡Ask a Mexican!] And how do Mexicans feel about white pride?

DEAR MEXICAN: I'm a pocha, and my husband is a gabacho. (By the way, we loved your explanation in your book on why Mexicans and Irish get along so well—it really explained a lot about our marriage.) We had the rehearsal dinner for our wedding catered by one of our favorite Mexican restaurants. Two guests from Santa Fe thought our choice of caterer was hysterical because the restaurant is called Sancho's. They explained to us that in Santa Fe, a sancho is a "back-door man." I had never heard this before. Is sancho a term just in Santa Fe, or among all Mexicans (except for, apparently, me)?

Don't Need No Sanchos

DEAR POCHA: I know all the perverted sexual euphemisms out there, from the infamous Dirty Sanchez to even the Angry Dragon, and yes, sancho is Mexican Spanish slang for the other man in a relationship—in other words, the man whom a husband or boyfriend knows his mujer is cheating with when said husband or boyfriend isn't around (the female equivalent is sancha). The palabra comes from a Mexican Spanish farming term for a "male animal raised by a female animal that isn't its mother," according to the definition offered by the Real Academia Española (RAE), the world's much-fabled custodians of Cervantes (they've not yet, for instance, recognized the term chúntaro to describe country bumpkins). It's a perfect description of a cheater; after all, the woman is taking care of someone who's not hers. The mystery for the Mexican, though, is why sancho—which is also a proper name à la Sancho Panza—took on such a strange meaning. The RAE only says it comes from sanch, which they say is the call used to round up pigs. The Mexican thinks the researcher who wrote that etymology had his sancha underneath his desk when brushing up THAT entry. . . .

Mark Dancey


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DEAR MEXICAN: I'm a white middle-class guy from a part of the country that very obviously used to be Mexico—and might again someday, if some people get their way. I don't think it was any accident that my forebears ended up where they did—I'm proudly told we have a long pattern of being less-white white people. But that does not mean people in my family do not grow up to wear American Eagle and name their children things such as Harper, Logan and Madison. They are also white in that they are stuck up! When I moved to Denver, I called my second cousin to hang out. I was very friendly with most of that side, and our dads grew up together in New Mexico. Well, we did not hang out because she thought I was calling up to date her.

Mexican, I am sad. Not sad that my stuck-up cousin won't hang out with or date me, but that we went from being so interesting to so sterile. I understand white people who wish they were ethnic, but I don't know that I'm qualified to get a tattoo of the Virgin. Some white people shave half their hair and join other white people who want to be more "real" or more "gutter" or something, but I may not join them because most of them are also named Logan and Harper. What can a white guy do to take a stand for decency and hang on to whatever is left?

Whitey Ain't Good Enough 

DEAR GABACHO: Who says you're not ethnic? Trying to mack on your second cousin is a VERY Mexican thing to do! Mexicans encourage gabachos to be proud of their ethnic heritage just as we are, whether you're a mick, honky, limey, goombah, squarehead, armo, ruski or whatever chingada slur is used against Croats. That's different than expressing general "white pride," a term loaded with supremacist overtones, undertones and every tone except sense.

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I am/was from Santa Fe and there we used the word penco for the "back door guy". Actually, a penco was a farm animal raised by another animal not it's mother.


Couple of comments...

Sancho.  I believe he's related to Jody.

A Croat is a Mojie.

If a White that wants to be Black, i.e.; clothing, speech, etc, is a Whigger, then a White that wants to be Mexican must be a Weaner.  Just saying.

As one of the Original European People, I can say that these children who whine about not "being ethnic" or whatever, simply need to find their roots.  They have allowed two thousand years of semetic nonsense to corrupt their thinking to the point where they feel their own culture has nothing to offer.

First step?  Accept Wotan and reclaim your racial heritage.

And for reference, no, that isn't "racism".  The Original European Peoples support Mexicans, and everyone else in their struggle to retain their ethnic identity and secure a homeland for themselves.


damn!!! the white guys explanation of sancho is better than yours GUS!!!!

RocketJ topcommenter

Bohunk has become a pejorative term for Slavic's in general. If you want to fight then call the Croat a Serb.

Francisco Gr
Francisco Gr

Es sancho y his last name's Gonzalez .... Entra cuando tu sales


+1 to the squarehead reference.  Al Swearengen would be proud, you hooplehead.


HA!!! I have got something to add other than trolling……'Sancho' is also what our friendly undocumented guys say when someone sneezes. It's like 'god bless you'…except, it's not. They know there is some scumbag back in the village in Mexico getting busy like crazy with all the women whose (sp? help ed) husbands risked their lives to cross the border so they could send money home. That guy is named Sancho. In fact, Sublime commented such years ago..


I don't practice Santeria

I ain't got no crystal ball

Well, I had a million dollars but I, I'd spend it all.

If I could find that Heina, and that Sancho that she's found.

Well I'd pop a cap in Sancho & I'd slap her down.

Tell Sanchito that if he knows what is good for him he best go run and hide.

Daddy's got a new Forty-Five.

And I won't think twice to stick that barrel straight down Sancho's throat.

Believe me when I say that I got somethin' for his punk ass.

This was the height of the LBC melting pot….too bad it's balkanized since then.

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