Many people confuse the terms “Hispanic,” “Latino,” and “Spanish,” and use them interchangeably, but they each have distinct definitions. Bustle produced this handy video (complete with a fancy Venn diagram) that breaks down the differences among the three terms.
Here’s the cheat sheet:
1. “Hispanic” often refers to Spanish-speaking countries of origin. This includes Spain but excludes Brazil, meaning that Spaniards are often considered Hispanic but Brazilians are not.
2. “Latino” refers more to Latin America’s geographic location. In this case, Brazilians are often considered Latinos, but Spaniards are not. However, some people argue that “Latino” encompasses anyone who speaks a Romance language and has more to do with language than geographic location. Therefore, some consider people from France, Portugal, and Italy to be Latino as well.
3. “Spanish” refers to someone from Spain. Ergo, someone who is from Spain is Spanish.
4. The most important thing to remember is that none of these labels is perfect and that not everyone from the U.S., Spain, Latin America, or Europe will identify with all or even any of them.
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