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¡Ask a Mexican! Excuse me? So why do Mexicans use ¿Mande?

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GUSTAVO ARELLANO 

¡Ask a Mexican!

Posted: Monday, April 7, 2014 6:35 pm | Updated: 11:39 pm, Tue Apr 8, 2014.

Dear Mexican: Even though throughout the years since I came to the U.S. 20 years ago I have seen it happening with less frequency, the use by Mexicans of the expression “¿Mande?: (Command me) has always struck me. I personally see it as a symbolic legacy of submission probably originating from the times of the Spanish conquistadores. Are you aware of any other meaning? What it’s interesting to me is that I’ve heard this expression coming more often from the so-called pochos than from Mexican immigrants.

Che Argentina

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