|Armando Hinojosa's Tejano Sculpture|
There are a number of linguistic usages which, I believe, are found heavily in Laredo and perhaps less so in other border areas. These generally include interjections, names for groups, and perhaps a verb of two. I will present examples here. The first is 'ala!'. Ala! Is generally used by kids as an interjection, rather like 'Wow!' It can also be used by adults in a similar fashion, although it is more likely to have an unprintable meaning--rather like 'a la ... *#@*!'
Another interjection is 'Ehhhhhbh ...'. This term generally means 'nawww, of JK' (just kidding). To really use this interjection, the speaker must extend the tongue out of the mouth pointing downwards. Because of this requirement, many people are truly annoyed by this one syllable expression.
The word guey is a bit of a bridge between interjections and a word to describe a person of group of people. As an interjection, guey is similar to 'like Dude'. 'Ya know like, Dude, we went there and then like we started to talk and like, Dude ...' It has many different spellings in this community:It's sometimes surprising how outsiders perceive our local way of talking. I don't necessarily agree that they hit the nail on the head in their analysis but at least it gives us a different perspective of things.
, , , , and and is continuously used among young people--'no way, yes guey, really guey?' Admittedly, this word is used throughout many communities, but in Laredo it has gained currency to the likes of 'like', often used after every other