What’s in a name

I always thought a rincon meant a corner. Doesn’t it? My friends sometimes order from El Rincon because they deliver in the downtown area – when I finally decided to go see exactly where this Rincon was… I was disappointed it wasn’t on a corner but between Mr. Gabes tshirt shop and La Roca downtown. Regardless, I still order and eat their food when I hang with my pals.

It is much like the suggestion of a name change for Laredo. You can give it another name but you will still eat what they serve (and with your pals, too!).

Now, you and I both know that this is not going to happen and it is just a tease to try to get people to submit their ideas for the Name the Pride of Laredo contest. I am guessing all the ideas that Bordertown Blues has suggested are not good enough 😛 (maybe if he tried using the actual form they ask you to and send in some sample llantas, piñatas, carne, and sticker for your truck that he has suggested…).

Changing the name of Laredo would cost thousands, if not millions. It’s bad enough a certain person in the city is trying to suggest changing street names when we full well know the big bucks that go into changing signs, maps, business addresses and the mass confusion that hurts businesses. If Laredo actually had that kind of cash, it might as well build a new downtown.

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8 Responses to What’s in a name

  1. stxparrothead says:

    What?? Had to laugh at the thought of changing the name of the city…

  2. MaryHelen says:

    I suppose we could name it NNL = NOT Nuevo Laredo. :o/


    La Reda.

    This way, it’s only a space and a vowel change — shouldn’t be too expensive to do that. Besides, that’s how some anglos pronounce it anywho. 😉

  3. BT Blues says:

    During World War I some towns that had German names or German connotations changed their names to purely pro-America designations (Berlin, Iowa became Lincoln, Iowa for instance).

    So, unless the U.S. finds itself in a war with Mexico and the anti-Mexican hysteria reaches unprecedented levels, I also don’t see Laredo’s name change happening, either.

  4. ___ SILLY Willie says:

    ___”La RE Do, el rincon del mundo >>>>>

  5. Poncho1950 says:

    “Rincón” also signifies, in addition to an inside corner of a room, according to el diccionario de “El Mundo” de Madrid,

    * Escondrijo o lugar discreto y apartado: su rincón favorito está junto al lago.
    * Lugar o espacio pequeño: déjame un rincón para mis libros.
    * col. Lugar donde se vive o se pasa gran parte del tiempo: no cambiaría mi rincón por ninguna otra casa del mundo.

  6. Poncho1950 says:

    New name for Laredo: Este Lado

    Concerning de-Germanification of names, a family with German Mennonite roots changed the spelling of its last name either during or immediately after World War I. Had they not done so, the supreme commander of Allied Forces during World War II would have been Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhauer — or maybe no.

    Obviously, they also drifted away from the Mennonite faith, which is strongly pacifist.

  7. rick78 says:

    NASA was originally started with all German rocket scientist how conveniently the acronym comes close to the word NAZI . Think about it .

  8. ___ "que Gacho" says:

    ___my entries for rhe “name Laredo contest” : (1) Dorela, (2) Salinas Town, (3) Fajita Town (4) Borracho Town (5) Border Town (credit BTB)

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