A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeye's fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from June 02, 2008
Blue Tarp Mexican (slang for a Guatemalan)

Texas has many people of Mexican descent, but there are also increasing numbers of Guatemalans in Texas. According to the post below, Guatemalans in far west Texas are called “blue tarp Mexicans” because they travel home to Guatemala (crossing through Mexico) in vehicles overloaded with items and covered with blue plastic tarp.  This term is not otherwise attested on the internet, but could have a west Texas currency as indicated.

Lonely Planet Forums
18-Jan-2008 14:39
RE: Nicknames for Foreigners - Gringo, Farang, etc.
Actually, “gringo” is a variant of “grego” ... Greek (as in Greek Orthodox, as opposed to Roman Catholic) and has been used in Spanish since the middle-ages to mean any foreigner of vaguely similar culture. In Chile, it can mean a Portuguese-speaking Brazilian. In Mexico, it doesn’t mean a U.S. citizen, but almost any foreigner from North America or Europe (or, for that matter, Australians and Kiwis, as well).

Here in far west Texas, Guatemalans are called “blue tarp Mexicans”—because Guatemalans are so often driving thru the area going home, via Mexico, towing a second car stuffed with a little of everything, and more stuff on the roof covered with a blue plastic tarp. 

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (1) Comments • Monday, June 02, 2008 • Permalink

who ever wrote this is such and dumb ass gringo has nothing to do with greek do so real research before you post things.

Posted by omar ruiz  on  12/30  at  08:59 PM

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