On Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 11:58 AM, Charles W Brickner < [log in to unmask]> wrote: > -----Original Message----- > From: Constructed Languages List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On > Behalf Of David McCann > > It occurred to me the other day that almost all of those whom yanks/gringos > (if am I allowed to use such terms) call "hispanics" are actually mestizos, > and hence Native Americans. The immigration is really the indigenous > inhabitants taking their land back! > =========================================== > The verb 'mestizar' means 'to cross breeds of animals'. Thus, 'mestizo' > means someone of mixed heritage, although connotations do change. And so, > by definition, mestizos are not fully Native Americans, but are descended > both from them and from, presumably, Spanish ancestors. Perhaps your > statement that they are "taking their land back" is meant humorously. I > could accept that if it were the Pamunkey or the Mattaponi Indians who were > expanding in the Commonwealth of Virginia. However, there never were > "mestizo" Indians in Virginia, so the large number of Hispanic immigrants > here are doing just that, immigrating. > I hope that no one will interpret the preceding to mean that I am against > the immigration! > Wow. I've killed jokes before -- often deliberately -- but that was a bit much even for me. Yeah, for most ethnic groups that want to retake or return to their ancestral homeland, that desire is a bit misguided and often fueled by mythology more than history, but a joke's a joke. Besides that, many of the areas that have large Mexican immigration were once Mexican territory, so you could still -- jokingly, not taking it too seriously -- think of it as Mexicans taking back what was theirs. In fact, it's a pretty damn common bit of humor.