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​People Are Calling Out The Spanish Word For 'Black' After Woman Loses Dog

​People Are Calling Out The Spanish Word For 'Black' After Woman Loses Dog

The internet is once again divided, and this time it's all to do with one girl's missing dog and a certain word getting a little lost in translation.

Twitter user Becky took to social media to seek help tracking down her pooch - which led to others questioning her choice of name.

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Rather than Fido or Spike, Becky named her dog after the Spanish word for 'black', because that's the colour that her pet is. She's also from Mexico, hence the Spanish.

"Negro is missing," she said on Twitter, distraught. "Please if anyone sees him message me!!!"

Of course, it didn't take long for people to point out the unfortunate connotations with her dog's name, which also has history as a derogatory term for black people.

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But others were quick to back her up, saying that they understood the word, in this context, wasn't meant as a racist statement. Some people also pointed out that it's all in the pronunciation.



One user, Joe, said: "My dog's called Spot. Guess I'd better change his name in, case it offends people with Acne. I could call him Buster... no, fat people. Rex? Offensive to creationists, dinosaurs and all that. Goddammit, I'll call him Goddammit."

Others just side-stepped the naming blip and said that they hoped she found her dog.

Becky later tweeted saying, simply: "I am so fed up with all this."

We're not surprised - especially as her poor pup is apparently still missing, despite the high profile attention it's all had. Fingers crossed the two are reunited soon, eh?

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Viral, Pets, Social Media, Twitter, Animals, Dogs

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]

 

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