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That's like, French for "eeeeee"
February 17, 2012 12:28 PM   Subscribe

Shit Burqueños Say (and part two) are twin odes to New Mexican idiosyncrasies. The videos (created by ABQ's own Blackout Theatre troupe) went viral and made the front page of the Albuquerque Journal this week, to the general amusement of most, though they're not entirely free of controversy. Watch and you too may exclaim eeeeee, this is all funny!
posted by vorfeed (46 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

 
...that's like French for "eee".

This chick is all charming and shit.
posted by Xoebe at 12:39 PM on February 17, 2012


I so did not check the post title. Pinche post titles, all hiding and shit.
posted by Xoebe at 12:40 PM on February 17, 2012 [5 favorites]


"It doesn't really matter. A Pepsi is a Coke. A Sprite is a Coke. Water is a Coke," Gately said.

Isn't this pretty much the entire American south?
posted by desjardins at 12:40 PM on February 17, 2012 [3 favorites]


You know what I'd love to see? Shit Españolans say.

I confess I don't get a lot of the accent jokes. Do people really say "eeeee" in Albuquerque? I lived two years in Santa Fe which admittedly is its own enclave but I got out of the fantase often enough, mostly down to ABQ. Surprised the pronunciation jokes don't sound more familiar.
posted by Nelson at 12:41 PM on February 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


For some reason that really reminded me of some people I knew from El Centro in Imperial County growing up. This one friend would say "pique-za" for pizza with the same accent this girl was doing.
posted by Aizkolari at 12:42 PM on February 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


I've been loving these for the past few weeks, being a Burqueño myself, but there is a grievous error in the second one. She's saying "this food is all bad" whilst sitting in Frontier. That is simply not possible.

Also, I have been wondering for a long time how that arrow landed up there. My friends and I have decided it somebody was aiming for Target and hit the Whole Foods parking lot by mistake.
posted by koeselitz at 12:47 PM on February 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


How can the food be bad in The Frontier????
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 12:51 PM on February 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


Also Española, hoots rank on Española!
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 12:52 PM on February 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


*Must rank on Española!
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 12:53 PM on February 17, 2012


"I'm too drunk to walk. . . let's drive."
Oh, New Mexico . . . how I miss you.
posted by Seamus at 12:55 PM on February 17, 2012 [2 favorites]


I hear "híjole" used as an exclamation a lot, and I guess I always figured "eeeeee" was that, but without the last two syllables.

"Umbers", however, takes me back. I heard that a LOT in elementary and middle school. Does anyone know the etymology? I looked it up but it's hard to find the slang term without the hits for, you know, the color/pigment stuff. Even using "umbers cucumbers", which didn't make it into either video, making me wonder if that's general Burqueño slang or just a weird Montezuma Elementary/Jefferson Middle School thing.
posted by NoraReed at 1:01 PM on February 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


ARRRGGHHHH! WILL THE "SHIT _____ SAY(S)" MEME EVER END!?!?

IT IS NOT FUNNY.
posted by Mister Fabulous at 1:18 PM on February 17, 2012 [2 favorites]


Shit People Who Don't Like Shit People Say . . . Say

Sadly, Mister Fabulous, that dead horse probably has a few more beatings in its future.
posted by Seamus at 1:21 PM on February 17, 2012 [3 favorites]


Mister Fabulous: “ARRRGGHHHH! WILL THE ‘SHIT _____ SAY(S)’ MEME EVER END!?!? IT IS NOT FUNNY.”

Look, man, we don't have much of our own stuff out here in 'Burque, okay? So chill out and let us have this one thing.
posted by koeselitz at 1:25 PM on February 17, 2012 [4 favorites]


I was personally hoping for more Breaking Bad references. Bitch.
posted by Rangeboy at 1:25 PM on February 17, 2012


ARRRGGHHHH! WILL THE "SHIT _____ SAY(S)" MEME EVER END!?!?

Conveniently, they're all labelled conspicuously so you'll know not to watch them.
posted by cmoj at 1:25 PM on February 17, 2012 [4 favorites]


I thought the uniform Mefite reaction to this meme was "OMG how racist and insensitive!" Did I miss the new memo?

Anyway, it wasn't until I read the "controversy" link that it occurred to me she was supposed to be Mexican. In my mind, pretty much all SW kids are chat-bilingual, and so most of it came off as slang.
posted by IAmBroom at 1:27 PM on February 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


My favorite New Mexican put-down that I heard repeatedly from kids in the mid '90s:
"You're so cool, you should be called Coolo."

Oh, the joy with which that one was thrown at people who spoke no Spanish.
It remains a standard phrase in my book to this day.

This didn't come across as racist to me either. I've heard most of them from my middle-aged ginger friend.
posted by Seamus at 1:43 PM on February 17, 2012 [3 favorites]


The first or second week I was in NM (where I met my lovely wife), I heard someone at the coffee shop I was working at exclaim "Eeeeeee, I want one of those!"

I had previously thought 'eeeeee' was a joke. It was not.
posted by lumpenprole at 1:53 PM on February 17, 2012 [3 favorites]


"It doesn't really matter. A Pepsi is a Coke. A Sprite is a Coke. Water is a Coke," Gately said.

Isn't this pretty much the entire American south?


I think historically this was more common in the Atlanta area (corporate home of Coke); and you might find examples across "the South", but I seldom hear it in North Carolina.
posted by achrise at 2:01 PM on February 17, 2012


I thought the uniform Mefite reaction to this meme was "OMG how racist and insensitive!" Did I miss the new memo?

You be the judge:

List of Shit _____ Say(s) videos that I could find within the first 12 pages of Youtube for a search of "Shit Says"

Girls, Black Girls, Spanish Girls, Latina Girls, Asian Girls, Indian Girls, Korean Girls, Lebanese Girls, Chola Girls, Italian Girls, Jersey Girls, Philly Girls, Miami Girls, Brides, Married Girls, Single Girls, Fat Girls, Fat Girls Who Think They're Hot, Natural Hair Girls, Nintendo Girls, Apathetic Girls, Tumblr Girls, Theater Girls, New Age Girls, Girlfriends, Drunk Girls, Sorority Girls, Baby Mamas, Mothers, Filipino Moms, Sri Lankan mothers, Caribbean Moms, Folks, Grandmas, Black Grandmas, Abuelas, Cambodian Folks, African Parents, Suburban Moms, Jewish Mothers, My Dad, Arab Dads, Asian Dads, Whipped Guys, Premature Ejaculators, Scene Kids, Mixed Kids, Boston Guys, New Yorkers, Chicagoans, Seattle People, Redneck Guys, Black Guys, Jamaicans, Canadians, Saskatchewanians, Hipsters, Alcoholics, Bartenders, Frat Guys, College Freshmen, Graduate Students, Med Students, Broke People, LA Actors, LA People (Westside Edition), Surfers, Pro Skaters, VFX Artists, Gamers, Cheaters, Potheads, Potterheads, Hobbits, Slytherins, Wookies, Wizards, Supernatural Fans, Robots, 90's Kids, Lana Del Ray, Yogis, Christians, Conspiracy Theorists, Siri, Atheists, Democrats, Meat Eaters, Vegans, Cyclists, Gay Guys, Southern Gay Guys, Rancid Gay Guys, Twinks, Lesbians, Trannies, Drag Queens, Ravers, Dancers, Clarinet Players, Bassoonists, People Who Wear Glasses, Customers, Clients, Gangsters, Little Monsters, Samuel L Jackson, People Who Make 'Shit People Say' Videos, Everyone.

This dead horse has had the shit beat out of it to the point where there is only some lip meat and a horseshoe left.
posted by Mister Fabulous at 2:07 PM on February 17, 2012 [2 favorites]


I suppose after six years I finally fit in since I pull the "hang on, there's a cop," move all the time.
posted by dual_action at 2:08 PM on February 17, 2012 [2 favorites]


Conveniently, they're all labelled conspicuously so you'll know not to watch them.

You have a point there. I always appreciate a meme that can be identified by a trivial regular expression.
posted by davejay at 2:30 PM on February 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


Anyway, it wasn't until I read the "controversy" link that it occurred to me she was supposed to be Mexican.

She's not. She's New Mexican. Well, I mean, I guess she could be Mexican too. They aren't really mutually exclusive categories, lots of New Mexicans are from Mexico. But it's not about Mexicans.
posted by NoraReed at 2:46 PM on February 17, 2012 [3 favorites]


We spent yesterday at work trying to explain Ummmbers to our boss who is not from NM. A good time was had by all.
posted by stoneweaver at 2:57 PM on February 17, 2012 [2 favorites]


Weird, her accent and grammar loans sound more Spanish than Mexican to me (not eeee of course). I don't think I ever heard something quite like it.
posted by valdesm at 3:00 PM on February 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


New Mexican Spanish is somewhat different from Mexican Spanish; the history of Hispanics in New Mexico is quite different from that of Texas, California, and Mexico.
posted by Nelson at 3:53 PM on February 17, 2012 [2 favorites]


I lived in New Mexico, including substantial time in Albuquerque, so some was old, 'wanna Coke' and hanging at The Frontier, but 'umbers' must not have been discussed in those terms in those days.
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 4:36 PM on February 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


The other Hispanic girls in my junior high couldn't stand me because I couldn't do the "eeee" thing right. (Note: I did not actually try very hard.)

"Meda," however, pops out of my mouth from time to time.

I seriously, seriously, seriously want to hug both of these videos. Also, I was both pleased and disturbed to discover that I could identify The Frontier from shots of the booths.
posted by palmcorder_yajna at 7:01 PM on February 17, 2012 [2 favorites]


She sounds more or less like a typical English speaking Latina from just about anywhere from TX to CA, who may or may not actually speak Spanish. It's the actual dialogue that makes it region specific. Though I'd never heard "eeee" before. The "hijole" connections makes sense. I thought it was amusing because she reminded me of lots of Latinas I've known here in southern CA, including my family.
posted by 2N2222 at 9:12 PM on February 17, 2012


2N2222: “She sounds more or less like a typical English speaking Latina from just about anywhere from TX to CA, who may or may not actually speak Spanish. It's the actual dialogue that makes it region specific. Though I'd never heard "eeee" before. The "hijole" connections makes sense. I thought it was amusing because she reminded me of lots of Latinas I've known here in southern CA, including my family.”

It's weird, because I almost wish they'd put a bunch of Spanish into these; if they had, the difference would be much more striking. NM Spanish really has a different sound from So-Cal Spanish, at least to my ear; more round somehow.
posted by koeselitz at 9:22 PM on February 17, 2012


I live in Santa Fe and the dialect I hear the most is Texan or East Coast New Yawker. I need to go to the Frontier.
posted by jabo at 10:13 PM on February 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


"What do you mean Marty Chavez ain't the mayor no more? He's like always the mayor."

It's true! I returned to ABQ for a few days after Richard Berry took office and I was SO CONFUSED.
posted by heurtebise at 10:25 PM on February 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


jabo: "I live in Santa Fe and the dialect I hear the most is Texan or East Coast New Yawker."

And that is why I don't live in Santa Fe anymore, as pretty as it is. I worked as a bellboy at La Posada for years - I think I spent far too mong with the wrong crowd. Albuquerque is just fresh, raw New Mexico, and it makes me happy.

Also, yeah. Go to the Frontier. Some of the best carne adovada in town, best cinnamon rolls and orange juice in the universe. And about a dozen paintings of John Wayne.

I love this city.
posted by koeselitz at 11:18 PM on February 17, 2012 [3 favorites]


far too long
posted by koeselitz at 11:18 PM on February 17, 2012


The Frontier should figure out how to same-day ship their breakfast burritos to the rest of the country. It would cost a fortune, but would be worth it.
posted by autopilot at 7:52 AM on February 18, 2012 [1 favorite]


I love the tortillas and carne adovada at the Frontier, but I was always meh on their breakfast burritos. Now, if Winning Coffee down the street from the Frontier could figure out same-day shipping on their deluxe breakfast burritos with green, I would be much, much poorer. (And fatter. But happier.)
posted by heurtebise at 7:58 AM on February 18, 2012


Heurtebise, I've flagged your comment as "Unaccepting of the universal truth of the superiority of the Frontier's breakfast burritos".
posted by autopilot at 11:45 AM on February 18, 2012 [3 favorites]


Koeselitz - You know well enough that "raw new mexico" is in Santa Fe, if you leave the east side. But yea, ABQ doesnt have the most millionaires per capita, or whatever it is, so I hear you
posted by MNDZ at 12:01 PM on February 18, 2012 [1 favorite]


Also, Koeselitz, Frontier vs Horsemans? and do you know about level4?
posted by MNDZ at 12:02 PM on February 18, 2012 [1 favorite]


Horseman's haven. Carne Adovada 3D Burrito, with fried egg, Green. Papas extra crispy
posted by MNDZ at 12:05 PM on February 18, 2012 [1 favorite]


There was this place out near Cedar Crest that used to do huevos rancheros, except is was made over a chicken fried steak with carne adovada and three eggs.
I used to eat it whenever I drove up from TorC to visit friends who lived over on the other side. I am still working that cholesterol out of my system. I miss the Frontier, too . . . but that plate of death was magic.
I miss NM for the food, the people and the emptiness into which I could disappear.
This post has made me more nostalgic than usual.
posted by Seamus at 10:31 PM on February 18, 2012 [1 favorite]


making me wonder if that's general Burqueño slang or just a weird Montezuma Elementary

Hey ... that's where I went to elementary school from '75-'80.
posted by krinklyfig at 7:48 AM on February 19, 2012


And did they say "uuuuuuumbers" then?

(no worry of overlapping classes, I was there in the 90s)
posted by NoraReed at 1:49 PM on February 19, 2012


Yes, they did.

In the '90s? OK, now I feel old ...
posted by krinklyfig at 7:43 PM on February 19, 2012


ALSO: "drownding".
posted by NoraReed at 4:42 PM on February 25, 2012


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