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Posted on 12/17/2009 6:12:35 AM PST by tellw
Hi all. My 11 year old daughter has joined the girls chorus at her school. The chorus just decided its name will be "Las Chicas de Moda." My daughter doesn't like the name. She wanted it to be "Voces Scholasticae" (Latin for School Voices).
Question: does this name sound inapproriate? To me it sounds slutty. I've told her teacher we don't like the name but they are pretty much saying it's a done deal (the first concert just happened).
Any thoughts/comments/suggestions/linguistic or cultural analysis of "Las Chicas de Moda" would be great!
The Girls of Fashion?
Girls served with ice cream?
It sounds slutty to me too.
The name means “Girls of Fashion”.
Which word sounds slutty?
She’ll be a minority in 40 years,so get used to it!
"Las Hijahs de las Putas?"
It’s not slutty, unless there’s some kind of local-dialect spin that I don’t know about. The words just mean, “girls in fashion” or “stylish girls.” It’s a compliment to tell a person that he or she looks “de moda.”
Here’s another problem with the name. Look at the websites I found via quick google search.
Not exactly a good message is it?
Sorry, my post #11 to you. “Chicas de moda” means “stylish girls.” Maybe they are, and maybe they aren’t ... I haven’t seen their pictures!
As a personal thing, I’d expect a group called “Scholastic Voices” to be singing excerpts from the Unabridged Dictionary or the Summa Theologica. There’s a fantasy book where the people do this sort of thing for entertainment. It might be “Fairest,” by the author of “Ella Enchanted.”
I see you are in Maryland. Why the heck is it in Spanish?
Yes and what of the girl in a few years who gets an eating disorder because someone says she’s too fat to be in a group called las chicas de moda?
None of my kids has ever attended school, in order (among other things) to avoid that sort of nonsense.
I didn’t say it was a good name, just that it didn’t have any untoward sexual connotations of which I am aware. To be sure, though, you’d want to ask some hispanic teenagers, or just use the term in front of them and see if they snigger.
Good idea. Thanks!
What does it mean? Girls covered in ice cream? I don’t speak whatever that language is to decide if it’s appropriate, so I’ll go with what it sounds like in English.
have you been to Maryland lately?
Ok, I see it means “Girls of Fashion”.
Not quite sure how that sounds “slutty” though. Most women who don’t wear burkas like fashion, my teenage and preteen daughters like fashion. Fashion doesn’t have to equal pole dancer.
Well, the website seems to be about hispanic models. Most models tend to be scantily clad for advertising lingerie or what have you. Although in the same respect, I wouldn’t my 11 year old daughter to be named “Victoria’s Secret” either.
However I don’t think you can say that the whole term “La Chicas de Moda means slutty because a website called that has fashion models and pop stars in tight outfits.
Maryland, and in particular the parts closest to Washington DC and Baltimore, such as Montgomery County and Prince George’s County have been completely overrun with Hispanics, the vast majority of which are illegal. Check out Riverdale, Maryland. It is a colony of Mexico. There is no English spoken there. There are, however, some good Mexican bakeries. Among the Central Americans, there is a huge and violent Mara Salvatrucha-MS 13 gang presence. There have been some outrageous crimes. Montgomery County has a sanctuary policy. The whole thing is a huge mess.
Now you are off on a whole ‘nother tangent.
If that situation arises, handle it then. This isn’t Dreamgirls or something. It’s a school chorus group!
Why is it in Spanish? It is not inappropriate, but it is not serious or dignified. I suspect it is an attempt to make glee club seem “cool.” It also sounds like a vocal group that would be featured in a telenovela, the members of which would look like this (group called RBD, that is, rebellious):
Bad! Bad Gargantua!
I wonder if Mexico is an appropriate name for this country?
Better than Las-bow-chicka-bow-wow.
I saw this...
“Las Chicas de Moda” an appropriate name for a school chorus for girls?
... and thought I saw “Las Chicas de Mods”
So I thought I’d see if any Moderator chicks are on duty this morning?
Or is it just the guys?
Send that first website to the teacher, principal, and supt. asking which uniform they decided on so you could order one for your daughter. That should wake the teacher up.
Doesn’t this mean “Fashion Girls” Silvie?
tellw, Silvie is FR’s resident hispanic authority and fellow Merrylander.
Doesn’t “Chica” mean something closer to “friend”? (Not “amiga”, but not merely “muchacha”? Maybe “homegirl”?)
I can see where “chicas” would sound slutty. But my objection is, why must everything be Spanish now? I guess it’s inevitable...we’re going to be a Spanish-speaking country. But I don’t have to like it.
Not to worry. “Las Chicas De Moda” is not controversial at all — nor is it a slutty name.
Not only does it mean “The Girls of Fashion”, but it also means something to the effect “The Girls of Here & Now” — technically meaning that these girls are in the “here & now”, but that doesn’t mean that they shed their traditions & values.
It is a good name — it’s cute. If I had a daughter in a dance troupe, I’d accept that name.
Forgive me, it’s a Chorus — I thought it was a Dance Troupe.
It’s still appropriate.
Surely you jest. "Good Mexican bakery" is an oxymoron. They make stuff that looks absolutely lovely, but tastes foul.
There are many items of Mexican cooking that I like, even some weird ones like chorizo (think "beef lips"), but baked goods ? Never !!
Hey Per! I enjoyed your latest post on the Nicole Kidman thread. What a RIOT!
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Well, La Flor de Puebla bakery Riverdale has wonderful bolillos, which are sort of like french rolls. They make the best sandwiches, molletes, etc. I am not big on the conchas and other sweet baked goods, that is, the pan dulces, but the bread is fantastic. The pan dulces are usually too dry and not dulce enough, except, maybe for the crispy orejas occasionally.
Your experience clearly exceeds mine. My only acquaintance has been with “sweet” stuff, or things that looked like they would be. That soured me on everything else. Given what you said, I’ll try the “bread” stuff next time it’s offered.
So, Glee is for real.
Is it worse then Cheerios?
Y prospero ano nuevo para tu y tua familia!
Well how about this. I went to the monthly dinner at my mother in law’s extended care facility and for entertainment they had belly dancers...... from the senior citizens center. Some had exposed belly buttons but all had elaborate costumes. I looked on the web and it is an exercise industry.
Well, I don’t know, but translated into english, Chicas sounds like Chicks, and it’s probably why we say that, not because of barnyard fowl, but the poster needs to understand that in Spanish, chica and chico just mean girl and boy. Period, end of. It’s the official word for them, it’s not slang, it has no special connotations. I would say that the name Chicas de Modas is about as racy as a name like “The Spice Girls.”
Naw, if you call somebody “chiiica”, it’s like saying “gurrrrrrl”.
RELLENOS DE PIñA!!!
Because it is, after all, Maryland. For example, the way Wheaton has become, I call it El Wheaton (accent on second syllable).
Maryland "Freak State" PING!
México del Norte, maybe?
Somos las Chicas de Moda. Uds. seran assimiladas. Resistencia es futilo!
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