Órale is a common Spanish interjection in Mexican Spanish slang. It is also commonly used in the United States as an exclamation expressing approval or encouragement. The term has varying connotations, including an affirmation that something is impressive, an agreement with a statement (akin to "okay") or distress. The word's origin is a shortening of “ahora”, meaning “now”, with the added suffix “-le”, which is a grammatical expletive – a word part that occupies a position without adding to the sense, e.g. “ándale” and “épale”.
In media and pop culture
- As a greeting, the word is used by Cheech Marin in his 1987 film Born in East L.A. in the phrase "Órale vato, ¡wassápenin!", meaning "All right, man! What's happening?", a popular phrase used by Mexican Americans who have taken the gitano word vato from northern Mexico slang to mean "man".
- Used as a slang term by Edward James Olmos in the movie, 'Stand and Deliver'
- The phrase was popularized in professional wrestling (as a de facto catch-phrase) by Konnan and later Eddie Guerrero.
- Óoorale! is the name of a popular Mexican gossip magazine, known for its pornographic content and forged photographs.
- Beck's 1996 album Odelay uses a phonetic English rendering of "órale" as its title.
- Stand-up comedian Gabriel Iglesias uses the term frequently, referencing his Mexican heritage.
- The term is used often in the 1992 film American Me.
- The term is used in the 1998 video game Grim Fandango.
- The term is used in the 2013 video game Guacamelee!.
- Órale is the name of the Grammy-nominated 7th album by Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea.
- In George Lopez's eponymous ABC sitcom which originally aired from 2002 to 2007, his titular character shouts "Órale!" in many situations.
- In the FX original series Sons of Anarchy, "órale" is frequently said by the Byz Lats during conversation.
- In the AMC original series Breaking Bad, "órale" is frequently said by Tuco Salamanca.
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- Academia.org Brief Dictionary of Mexicanisms, Mexican Academy of the Language at the Wayback Machine (archived September 15, 2010)
- "SECRETS OF OORALE!". Davidlida.com. Retrieved 2008-09-28.