I don’t know about you, but i’ve always thought that the words ‘Latino’ and ‘Hispanic’ are synonymous. I mean, who doesn’t use them interchangeably in our everyday conversations, right?
Well, even though both terms refer to people from Latin America, they convey slightly different connotations any useless info junkie should know.
Here’s how it goes. (the article continues after the ad)
The word ‘Latino’ is a shorthand of the word Latino-Americano which refers to people born in or with ancestors from what we call Latina America – the area that starts from Northern Mexico and goes all the way to the Southern parts of Chile and Argentina:
The areas that you see being gray on the Latin America map are Belize, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. This is because there is a debate whether people from these countries should be considered Latinos as their histories and cultures are so distinct.
On the other hand, the word “Hispanic” only includes Spanish-speaking people of Latin America as well as people from Spain. For example, since Brazilians speak Portuguese, they are Latinos but not Hispanic. The same goes for people from English-speaking Belize and Guyana, the Dutch-speaking Suriname and the French-speaking French Guiana: they are Latinos but not Hispanic. On the contrary, Colombians, are both Latinos and Hispanics:
If you notice, on the upper-right hand side of the picture there’s a green area as well. That’s Spain as of course, Spaniards are Hispanic!
So, now you know!
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Sources: What’s the Difference Between Hispanic and Latino? | What’s the difference between Hispanic, Latino, and Spanish?