Central American nicknames

Most Central American countries have different denomonyms than the “official ones.” 

Guatemala = guatemaltec@s or chapines

El Salvador = salvadoreñ@s or guanac@s

Honduras = hondureñ@s or catrach@s

Nicaragua = nicaragüenses or nicas

Costa Rica = costarricenses or ticos

Panama = panameñ@s or panas 

Some are easy to figure out as to why they have that name, however some standout like chapines/guanac@s/catrach@s.

If ya didn’t know:


The word actually comes from footwear that was worn by the Guatemalans(Maya). They were easily identifiable by people of other countries so that’s how they became identified. This is what it looks like:


When General Florencia Xatruch returned from a battle with William Walker, whose purpose was to invade Central America, the people yelled “¡Vienen los Xatruches!” at the soldiers. Xatruches later turned into catruches which then turned into catrach@s


The word comes from Poton-Lenca, an indigenous language spoken in El Salvador. It means brother/brotherhood. People celebrate an event called Guanacasco, meaning “gathering of brothers” under the Guanacaste (Tree of Brotherhood).


Sanfilippo Syndrome is incredibly rare and occurs in around 1 in every 70,000 births. As Roger explains in the video above, the disease affects development and then leads to neurological deterioration, including the loss of the ability to feed yourself, to speak, and to walk. Life expectancy for kids with Sanfilippo is anywhere between 10 and 20 years old and at the moment there isn’t a cure or effective course of treatment for the syndrome.

Blair’s family is raising money for the Sanfilippo Research Foundation and 282 people have already raised over $60,000. You can donate towards the $100,000 target here on Blair’s GoFundMe page.


The six years of Junior High and High School growing up with Officer Chapin has been incredible. 
Chapin is one of the only people I know who took the time out of their day to ask everyone, and i mean everyone, how their day has been, to wave hello every morning and goodbye every afternoon with a ginormous smile upon his face. 
I will cherish the smiles and memories I have had with Officer Chapin. Even all the little things such as the jolly ranchers, the police badge stickers and his hilarious raptor walk. 
He has impacted and touched the lives of many many people and will forever be remembered and have a place in our hearts.

Sending much love to the Chapin Family ♥
Forever Rest in Peace Officer Stan Chapin.