Güero [ˈweɾo] or [ˈgweɾo] is a word used in Mexico to denote a person with blond or red hair or of fair complexion. The feminine form is güera. Although Güero/a typically refers to a blond person, in Mexico, it can mean anyone of lighter skin and hair, even a person with light brown hair, especially auburn hair. This is opposed to "indio", "moreno" or "prieto", who are of dark brown or black hair and of browner skin tones and/or Amerindian or Afro-Mexican origin.
Let's brainstorm here. Who might get called "guero" on an hourly basis? Hmmm.......
So one of the funniest things we have encountered so far here in Mexico is the open use of terms referring to skin color. I would need to borrow a few friends' hands in order to count the number of times I am called "white guy" during the course of a single day. What's awesome, though, is that it's not meant to be derogatory (I think ....) so it doesn't offend and it's actually kinda nice. I mean at least I know that they are talking to me right?
This morning I got curious and decided to Google other "chosen ones" that have been lucky enough to merit the title "guero". In their honor I present "El Salon de Gueros":
So this guy is actually a famous singer called "El Guero". Maybe I should get one of those jackets he's wearing...
I lie to you not! This comes up when you Google image search the word "guero". I just keep telling myself "It's not derogatory. It's not derogatory.".
This is really what I need! Anyone else think he looks like a chubby Randy Johnson?