Guiri

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Graffito in Palma, Mallorca. "Eat the Guiri"

Guiri (pronounced [ˈɡiɾi]) is a colloquial Spanish name used in Spain applied to foreign tourists, particularly from countries in northern Europe or the Anglosphere. They are strongly associated with beach tourism and commonly stereotyped as blonde with pale skin and often drunk.[1][2] Besides Spain, it is also used in the British overseas territory of Gibraltar to refer to non-Gibraltarian Britons who visit or reside on the territory.

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According to the Real Academia Dictionary, this word can be traced back to 19th century Carlist Wars in the form "guiristino", the pronunciation of Basque-speaking Carlist forces of the name of their enemies, the Cristinos (after regent Queen Maria Cristina). It entered the Diccionario de la lengua española de la Real Academia Española in 1925. When a "guiri" would be the term used by the opposing political parties of the time, later to be exclusively used for the Guardia Civil and Policía Armada (Armed Police) under the Francoist régime.[3]

There is another theory by Juan Goytisolo that guiri is a neologism from Caló language which derives from Moroccan and Algerian Arabic gaouri (a word with a similar meaning applying to Europeans), which in turn stems from Ottoman Turkish gâvur.[4]

Definition[edit]

The term guiri is derogative street slang used to describe what is considered to be the stereotypical tourist or foreigner in Spain from Northern European countries and the Anglo-Saxon sphere.

The use of the term "guiri" by the Spanish people has become widely accepted as a descriptive term for foreigner or outsider.

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