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, August 17, 2004

Cholo Word Of The Day - Q-vo

I started using different variations of this word a lot more in high school and college: Q-vo, Q-vole.


Meaning According To DT: hey, what's up, hello, how are you, greetings

Used in a sentence:
"Q-vo Pepe, porque no traiste los papers for school."

"Ah Nacho, es que se los comio mi dog."

Note: notice the word "traiste" instead of "trajiste"

Translation according to DT:
"Hey Pepe, why didn't you bring the papers for school."

"Oh, Ignacio, because my dog ate them."


Blogger Elenamary said...

how is that pronounced? is it like "que voy"?

9:41 AM

Blogger Daily Texican said...

It's more like: Que Hubo? (quivo - maybe)

9:43 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Huh, I've definitely never heard that one.


10:41 PM

Blogger stevebaz said...

I thought it meant Wherer are you going - Quo vadis?

6:59 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lo he visto escrito asi: quiubole

9:26 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember a competing Low Ride magazine that had that title "Q-Vo!.(Some where around 1978-80) I must agree it means whats up and let us not forget the "ese"

10:04 PM

Anonymous Benjamin F. Hernandez said...

Que hubo is not associated with Q-VO.
Q-VO Magazine was first printed in 1979 by Benjamin F. Hernandez. The term Q-VO was first used in Papel de la Gente in 1976 also published by Benjamin F. Hernandez. Benjamin F. Hernandez was the Editor and Founder of the first nationally distributed Chicano/Mexican American owned magazine . He continues to own all copyrights and trademarks to the spelling and marketing to Chicano Latino and Mexican American or Mexicano demograph. For more information visit q-vomagazine.com

Q-VO is an expression of all things cool, hip, firme related to our demograph.

1:19 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Q'hubo was made ubiquitous by the old time Mexican comedy team of Los Polivoces. Their popular Chano y Chon skit always started,
"Q'hubo Chano?" "Q'hubo Chon?"

3:57 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hola raza, Im an oldimer 60 yrs old and grew up in the early cholo times here in Texas. That word "Q-vo is actually a short verion recently made from "Que hubo". (what's up) in other words. Since pronounced in an English sort of way, the "que" part sounds like the letter Q when you say it fast.
BTW Me encanta sus paginas aqui. :-) Im anonoymous right now since I just saw this and havent registered yet. "Hay nos vidrios"
(see you later)

7:41 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

believe it or not Q-VO is actually a violent mostly spanish and (some caucasian) oreiented street gang in salt lake city and suburb cities.And is rivals with sureno

4:02 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Q-vo is a counter response. when some one says Que vole, the person being spoken to replys in the same way but in a shorter form Que vo. Que vo was again shortened to Q-vo and then even shorter by just saying Qu. Q-vo means what's up? what's happening? in the movie traffic, the one guy says Que vole Javier. this is not a word that's meant to be violent. but if voiced in an angry way may be construed as a lead up to a violent situation. but this is seldom the case. the word is an old school chicano phrase that was probably established at the turn of the 20th century.

1:12 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Que hubo come from the past tense Que paso. But you can also use 'quiuboles' in a friendly way, however it depend how you use it it can be really mean, like:
quiubo-quiubo say it twice when somebody is doing something wrong is like "que te pasa guey" or "take it easy man" I am mexican, but I have lived in this country for the last 24 years raza.

1:02 PM

Anonymous Benjamin F. Hernandez said...

Look Ese,
Q-VO, is not a "Cholo" word I don't know why vatos from Texas, like to spew mass misconceptions and are so uniformed. In Califas, we have a name for your cultural ignorance.
We call it "Cultural Genocide". vatos like you contribute to the killing of our culture. Do yourself a favor and learn more of your culture. Don’t buy into this Gringo Fascist Racism. I don't know how you write it over there in Texas, but we've developed a spelling that defines us culturally. We of Q-VO Magazine founded the way is it written as of 1974 in Riverside, California. (Q-VO) = California Chicano!
But what do Texans know?
I mean, you did alone side with the Gringos (Slave-Masters), against the Mexicans FREEDOM FRIGHTERS -who were fighting to stop the encroachment of slavery? I don't mean insult, but you, vato, need to go educate yourself about your history.
Q-VO is not “Chole” in the negative sense you mean it to be.
By THE WAY "(QUIVO)" IS THE WAY The Culturally Deprived “Cocanut-Falsos”-would say it-"All La San Sebastian Spanish. I guess you "BATOS" just don't Get It?
The idiota who claims to that Q-VO is a violent term is just plain dumb. It is like the same people that claim that the word "CHICANO" gang term too/word. "Stupid is as Stupid does" That’s what the gringos says – you should know that by not at least they do!

Unlike most of you who post "Anonymous" I am proud of my Identity - I use my real name - but of course most of you are named: What is it "Anonymous" Oh My God such Courage?
Good Luck To the Ignorant "They Shall NOT inherit the Earth"
Benjamin Francisco Hernandez-PUBLISHER Q-VO MAGAZINE FIRME Magazine

10:08 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

QVO as related to Benjamin f Hernandez means bullshit. Street cholo language of hoods like he is. He's done nothing but ride the QVO label. He's funking old with diabedes.

3:30 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to my Suegro (70+) who was a real Pachuco from Arizona, you say Q-vole, pronouncing it as the letter "Q" and don't forget to give the head up nod while saying it to acknowledge the other person. It is the Caló equivalent of "Wassup?".

4:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


5:16 PM

Anonymous MIKLO said...

Hey holmes. You think you made up the word Q-VO? Well let me tell you. BENJAMIN is a WHITE MAN'S NAME FUCKER!!! So you and your played out magazine can go eat a fat TAMALE or maybe a HOT DOG, because IT'S ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS who cannot spell COCONUT you fucking LOCO NUT. You have a magazine that sucks my chorizo and makes no FERIA.

11:26 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Q is pronounced like the letter Q in English and Vo is Vo, as in volcano, the O is long not short . Hope this helps.

5:46 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

its Pronounced Q=Pronounce like the word "Cue"
Vo′=Short V sound Followed By Pronounced OH sound
if that helps at all lol

1:10 PM

Anonymous Katarina Lemus said...

Q-vo & Q-Vole Are Older "Chicano Culture" Terms NOT Cholo Slang

1:13 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Tio Who Recently Passed Was a Big User of this Term "Q-Vo Carnale!?" it was almost like a What's happening man!? Greeting You say to a person you haven't seen in a while
Also My Tio HATED the "pinche cholo mocoso" Thing so Yeah..

-The Guera Witch From Tx

1:26 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha ha .....i love this discussion! The pride filled banter is Awesome....i love my latin people ....i just wanted to know what the term Q VO meant and Its origins....thx to you all for explaining it and making me laugh.....ora le mi jente.....el cubano from tucson

3:00 AM

Anonymous Cindy Lopez said...

I love my latin peeps too!!#

4:02 PM


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