¡Ay Chihuahua!

ay chihuahua

Most of us are familiar with the saying, “Ay Chihuahua!” which is the Spanish equivalent of “Yikes!” The entire saying is, “Ay Chihuahua, cuantos Apaches, cuantos Indios sin huaraches!” Which loosely translated, means, “Yikes! How many Apache Indians are there without sandals!” The saying refers to the time when legendary Apache raiders like Geronimo, Cochise, Juh and Victorio, plundered the northern states of Mexico. Apaches wore calf-high deerskin moccasins, as opposed to the sandals of the locals, thus the play on words and the rhyming (Apaches-huaraches). It has been almost a century since those raids but it is quite amazing that this saying is still in use today.

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