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Fowler’s Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage
Jeremy ButterfieldJeremy Butterfield


(feminine Chicana) refers to Americans of Mexican descent. Deriving from the Spanish word mejicano ( ‘Mexican’), the word became current in the early 1960s, used by politically active groups. It is still in frequent use but has become less politicized. However, Mexican-Americans with less militant political views might find the words offensive. Hispanic is a more generic word denoting people in the US of Latin-American or Spanish descent.