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Quinqui is the language of a semi-nomadic group present mainly in the northern half of Spain known as quinquilleros ("tinkers"), although they prefer to be called mercheros.


The language is an old form of Castilian, and is said to be related to dialects of other marginalized Spanish groups such as Caló and Germania, but unrelated to the Gypsy language Rom. The term apparently comes from the word quincallería — ironmongery, from the group of ironmongers who originated the language. Because they are frequently blamed for petty crime, in modern Spanish the word can also mean delinquent, petty thief, or hoodlum. They consider themselves apart from the gitanos. Caló may refer to: Caló (Spanish Romani), Spanish Romani or Gypsy language Caló (Chicano), idiom Calo (Chicano slang) This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ... Delinquent means one who fails to do that which is required by law or by duty and such failure is minor in nature. ... Hoodlum is a 1997 United Artists blaxploitationfilm that gives an almost entirely fictional account of the gang war between the Italian/Jewish mafia alliance and the black gangsters of Harlem that took place in the late 1920s and early 1930s. ...


Many Spaniards ignore the existence of Quinquis as a cultural group or ethnicity, simply associating the word with marginality and low-life in Spain, in such a way that the origin of the word quinqui is sometimes supposed to be the english word kinky. Kinky, when used to describe a sexual behavior, means highly unconventional, perverted. ...


There are many theories on the origins of Quinquis. They are considered to be:

  • The descendants of peasants who lost their land in the 16th century.
  • The product of a mix of gypsy and non-gypsy populations.
  • The descendants of Muslims who turned to nomadism to escape persecution.
  • A mixture of the above three.

The ISO 639-2 code for Quinqui is 'mis'. ISO 639-2:1998 Codes for the representation of names of languages — Part 2: Alpha-3 code Twenty-two of the languages have two three-letter codes: a code for bibliographic use (ISO 639-2/B) a code for terminological use (ISO 639-2/T). ...


See also

Caló Caló may refer to: Caló (Spanish Romani), Spanish Romani or Gypsy language Caló (Chicano), idiom Calo (Chicano slang) This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ...


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Quinqui - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (245 words)
Quinqui is the language of a semi-nomadic group present mainly in the northern half of Spain known as quinquilleros ("tinkers"), although they prefer to be called mercheros.
The language is an old form of Castilian, Germania, and is said to be related to dialects of the Spanish Roma Caló.
The most famous figure of the Mercheros is Eleuterio Sánchez, aka El Lute, a petty thief in the most-wanted list of the Spanish police that later regenerated himself as a lawyer.
Francisco Franco - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (5725 words)
The enforcement by public authorities of strict Catholic social mores was a stated intent of the regime, mainly by using a law (the Ley de Vagos y Maleantes, Vagrancy Act) enacted by Azaña [1].
The remaining nomads of Spain (Gitanos and Mercheros like El Lute) were especially affected.
In 1954, homosexuality, pedofilia, and prostitution were, through this law, made criminal offenses.
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