Ojo: The "Cholo Word Of The Day" is simply for fun. This is not an academic exercise, therefore I do not spend much time checking for espelling or grammatical errors. Most of the words are not only used by "cholos," but by many people in S. Texas - and their usage can vary. c/s

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Spanglish Word Of The Day - Washateria

Washateria: This has to be one of the best words I've heard, because it's even been introduced into the maintstream. Drive by a laundry mat in Oak Cliff or East Dallas and it says: Washateria.

Oh my god, that's awesome.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's an awful term, it sounds so ignorant. In any event,
it's not Spanglish. For information about the term see http://www.austinchronicle.com/mrpants/laundry.html

4:16 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

also, it's spelled "washeteria"
and it is not "Spanglish"

10:40 PM

Blogger RC said...

If it is Spanglish, so be it. I grew up in Texas and have used the word all my life. I was surprised when my spell checker flagged the word with no options. Hell, It's written on buildings here in Houston!

5:29 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

there's a Washateria in the movie Rushmore

11:42 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is a Washateria?

4:36 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I grew up in East Texas and never saw a spanish person, we always said "washateria" I never heard laundromat used until I went to college in San Antonio

12:46 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a Washateria on Gov't Street in Baton Rouge. I was recently in Chicago and mentioned it, and got pilloried. F'kin' yanks.

10:47 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never heard of this term until I moved to Houston for school and looked for a laundromat since the one at my apartment complex was too costly.

2:24 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am from SW Oklahoma and have never heard this word until last week at work in the DFW area. Must be a Texas thing.
...Do you know why Oklahoma is so windy?...Because texas SUCKS!!!

10:20 PM

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1:49 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

that's not spanglish. i've seen washaterias all over southern louisiana since i was a child. (back then, there was virtually no hispanic population in that part of the country)

8:09 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know why Texas doesn't fall off in the gulf..because oklahoma sucks.

7:41 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


8:11 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have grown up in deep south texas..you know 1 mile from the river in the Rio Grande Valley and I had never heard that word until we visited Houston and San Antonio. I began seeing it everywhere and I read it as the splanglish word that it is..first I thought it was pretty funny and then I started seeing it everywhere!! I thoughtm, is this an actual franchise of laundrymats named washaterias!! Genius!! white people always fall for those generic mexican restaurants..why not a cliche spanglish type laundrymat?! Right??!! :)

11:00 PM

Blogger Sai Prakash K said...

it's a nice blog and thanks share with us, washateria

9:46 PM

Blogger Vivian G. Garcia said...

Its a Texas word not spanglish sorry its like cafe-etiria : wash-atiria. beginning laundymat was a type of coin operated machine that became the name,like calling any soda a Coke.

10:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is not Spanglish It was created by Noah Quinton Brennan who said :

"for two years I studied and drew blue prints for a set-up of that sort; reaching my conclusion in 1936 I opened my place and called Brannen Wash-A-teria; later having the Southwestern Bell Telephone Company to register the name with the governement, in order that the newly made name might be listed in the phone book"


9:47 PM


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