Salvador Tió

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Salvador Tió
Born November 15, 1911
Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
Died September 17, 1989
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Occupation poet

Salvador Tió y Montes de Oca (November 15, 1911 – September 17, 1989) was a Puerto Rican poet, writer, and promoter of Puerto Rican culture, best known for coining the term "Spanglish".

Early life[edit]

Salvador Tió y Montes de Oca, better known as Salvador Tió was born on November 20, 1911 in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico to Salvador Tió y Malaret and his wife Teresa Montes de Oca y Branderes.


In the late 1940s, Salvador coined the term espanglish, which later evolved to its current form, Spanglish. This was his response to the many Spanish-speaking people who immediately relinquished their mother tongue in order to learn English upon immigrating to non-Hispanic countries.[1]

Later Years[edit]

Salvador later moved to San Juan, where he died on September 17, 1989.[2]