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What does the word pinche mean?

Pinche loco!

Pinche!

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You are asking about Mexico, isn't it? In other places, a pinche is just a cook's aid. –  Gorpik Jan 3 at 10:47

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I'm Mexican and we never use pinche as Kitchen boy, though some Mexicans would know it also means chef's helper. We always use it as an insult enhancer and can turn almost any curse word into a really rude one:

pinche pendejo/pendeja = fucking asshole
pinche puto/puta = fucking faggot/whore
pinche culero = fucking asshole

When used alone as an adjective it just means something lousy, ugly, something that sucks.

Esta fiesta esta bien pinche  = This party is really lousy / This party really sucks
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In San Jose California on San Carlos ave there is a taco stand called Tacomania. Underneath that sign it says Que Pinches Tacos! That's a compliment right?

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In Guatemala pinche is used to denote a perceived lack of value about something. It is part of the informal vocabulary and is not considered an insult although still derogatory in nature.

Safe translations in Guatemala would be: miserable, trivial, wretched, insignificant, etc.

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In Nicaragua it is used as a term to describe people as "cheap" or "stingy":

"Eres pinche" means "You're cheap/stingy"
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In Chile if you say "pinche" it most likely means hair clip. It's a goddamn hair clip. Example: Pasame el pinche - Pass me the hair clip. That's what it means to me. (If I made any mistake,my bad, I don't speak spanish at all but my parents speak spanish everyday so I understand spanish well)

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In Colombia it's used a derogatory term, pinche carro means this cars is a piece of junk, also used with people, meaning useless, inferior, underperformer.

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  1. Kitchen boy. The guys who clean up the Chef's mess and scrub the frying pans and carry stuff around. In this context it's still used in Spain.
  2. In Mexico, it's an all-purpose insult enhancer, which would be roughly equivalent to the use of fucking in English. If Jay (Silent Bob's hetero life mate) spoke Spanish, he would say pinche A LOT. Pinche is strongly associated with cursing in Mexican Spanish and the very moment you use it gives you away as a Mexican national. So you pinches gringos take that into account if youre trying to pass for an Argentine or whatever.
  3. In Mexico, it's also used as an adjective to describe something as insignificant, lousy, miserable or worthless.

Examples:

  • Pinche gringo culero ve a chingar a tu reputisima madre! (Fucking gringo asshole go fuck your loosecunt cocksucking mother!)
  • Tu pinche hermana está bien pinche, wey. (Your fucking sister is so fucking ugly, dude!)

in the last example, the first pinche means only fucking while the second means fucking ugly

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And hope I could give another +1 for the Jay & Bob reference :D –  Arkana Jan 3 at 14:37
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Well, I didn't understand the Jay & Bob reference. Anyway, sometimes pinche is a compliment. Like somebody makes a cruel joke and you laugh and say "¡qué pinche eres!", but I guess that is encompassed in your point 3, plus sarcasm. –  c.p. Jan 3 at 14:53
    
So it has the same origin as the English word slut... interesting. –  Flimzy Jan 31 at 21:39

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