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    Question Chela

    Does anyone have an idea of how the word chela came to mean beer in mexico?



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    Really??? Jajajjajjajajajaj...my grandma's name is Chela....

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    Hi Veronica,

    I hope you're not suggesting a link there (lol). But seriously , is there an origin to the name in Spanish that might give me a hint? I have heard the word Chelo (m.) of Chela (f.) may denote a blond with blue eyes in some parts of Latin America.

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    At least in Argentina, Chela doesn't mean anything.
    Sometimes it's a short for the name Marcela, or Marcelo, but in my grandma's case, her real name is Noemí....
    But it's not related to beer, or blonds here.

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    Well I was feeling safe until you told me her real name is Noemí. Maybe abue had a secret life with beers and blonds no one is talking about it. Or maybe not; I call my wife Marus like the rest of her family but her real name is Maria Cristina. Other thant the fact that her abuela was called Marus my wife has no idea where the name came form or what it means.

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    Default jajja, hereīs another link...

    My sisterīs nameīs Graciela, and her nickname is chela! jajaj

    But no idea about the relationship with beer in Mexico..

    anyone knows?

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    Hi, don't know if this can help, but i've red that sometimes chela means blond.
    Here in Italy light beer (in no-dark meaning) is called blond...maybe it's the same in Mexico, who can tell...

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    Default same thing in Argentina

    we call that beer "blonde" (rubia), and the other "black" (negra)

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    I've never heard beer called chela in Mexico but I know a grandmother in Costa Rica called Chela.

    I assumed it was slang for abuela. Some in Mexico call their grandmother Guela and I had thought maybe Chela was another derivitive.
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    In Guatemala they say chela too....for example una chela bien fria porfavor....a cold beer....now where chela came from who knows?

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