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Appropriateness of nica, tico, etc.

Discussion in 'Spanish-English Vocabulary / Vocabulario Español-Inglés' started by jrdioko, Sep 13, 2008.

  1. jrdioko Junior Member

    English - US - California
    I know that Nicaraguans and Costa Ricans use the terms "nica" and "tico" to refer to themselves as a form of pride in relating to their country. I've been told conflicting things, though, about foreigners using these terms. Is it appropriate for people not from those countries to use those terms in referring to Nicaraguans and Costa Ricans, and when would that be taken as offensive?

    Thanks.
     
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2008
  2. From my limited experience, it is not necesarily offensive. For example: "He speaks like a southerner." merely conveys information about the person and is not meant to be derrogatory. Espero que esto le ayude. Alberto
     
  3. Darío Anselmo

    Darío Anselmo Senior Member

    COSTA RICA - Spanish
    The term "Tico" is not offensive at all :p Use it as desired
     

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