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Pitucos, Chetos, and the famed Planchas

Before we get to the subject, I have to introduce my buddy Murciel (we hung out last night after the concert). He sells bracelets and rocks on the peatonal here in Montevideo for a few months, then hops across the river to Buenos Aires for the remainder of the year. A wealth of classical music knowledge, he always is holding his hand radio to his ear. If you want to know something about the era of classical music or particular composers perhaps, seek him out. Oh, and he is not a Pituco, Cheto, or a Plancha. I don't think so anyways?


Society seems to be broken down here, from what I have gathered, fairly distinctly. The Butikos are the rich ones - they come from family money, or are just loaded somewhow. Vacationing in their resort-like second-home mansions in Punta del Este is where you will find many.

Chetos are the upper to middle class folk who are pretending to have more money than they do. Sounds very familiar for some reason?

And then the Planchas. This group intrigues me the most - I am told that they are the lower, undeducated, druggie class. But then I have been hearing some other explanations as well. If anyone has any other information on this group, please help out here. Until then, I am off to meet some more planchas and friends (not mutually exclusive)...

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Dominic! I'm a native uy-an and never heard about butikos!
Yes, planchas and chetos are slang words roughly meaning the same you say, but butikos? Check your sources...(or maybe I'm missing something new)
Best regards
Mau
p.s. I've been in trouble with my internet connection, and posted this comment two or three times without success

ecotectura uruguay said...

hi d, i m with mau.... that is for sure a new coined word by teens, prolly meaning other teens that buy their clothes in "boutiques" (french word) but in 35+ ys in mvd, never heard it!! congrats!! u r discovering THE NEW montevidean slang... ;) so new that most of us dont know it at all!! :) chetos, on the other hand, is like at least 30 ys old and planchas kind of 10... and be careful about trying to interact TOO MUCH with them... while not every plancha is a criminal, many criminals under 18 are planchas... and they PROMOTE normally crime... more info personally... too long for a blog comments... salud, carlos

Dominic said...

Hey Mau,

Sometimes I switch letters around...could easily be Bitukos...but I don't think so? Still researching more and more!

Dominic said...

Thanks for the plancha advice Carlos!! I will keep that in mind when I am in the plancha zone next time...

ecotectura uruguay said...

oh, oh,,,, then it s prolly "pitucos"... a VERY old fashioned word (100 ys old??)* !!! :) meaning yes, people with money and showing off, or similar..
hey, u r welcome!! take care! if u do, its not that bad... ;)
rgds,c.
* maybe if u dont wanna confuse newcomers u should clarify it!! ;)

Dominic said...

Thanks for the help Carlos...I am getting there...day by day.

Dominic

Anonymous said...

Kind of related. Do not go to El Cerro alone. If you must go, do it with someone from the area or a local. Trust me. It used to be great working class neighborhood a while back but those times are gone. It is not safe. I know. I still have some aunts that refuse to leave the homes they built and the place they were born. Maybe you did not see anything out of the ordinary but timing is everything. You got lucky.
Daniel from Miami

Dominic said...

Great piece of advice Daniel. Gracias!

mpeirano said...

Dominic, your list falls a bit short. You forgot "emos", "floggers", "rockeros", and I few more I can't think of. Emos are kind of depressing, with langid looks, lanky hair and black clothes. Hated by rockers and planchas, for some reason. Floggers are like emos, but dress up in bright colours. Rockeros are just that, sort of Frank Zappa lookalikes. Planchas hate, and often try to beat up pitucos and maybe the rest of them. In fact, a flogger was recently beaten to death in Buenos Aires by some other group. Never heard of Butikos either, but it definitely sounds like people who hang around pricey clothes shops. Tribus Urbanas they call all these groups. Cheers, Miguel

Dominic said...

Ahh, so there is even more to investigate. Paso a paso! Once I have my hands on the plancha pulse, I will get to the others you just mentioned. Thanks Miguel, much appreciated!

Barbara said...

Hi, from Lima.
Yours is the first blog in English I've found about Montevideo. Very cool.

It sounds like Ecotectura is right about "pitucos." We have them here in Peru: http://americaninlima.com/2009/02/09/pituco-summer/

take care --
B