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guaco

noun; blending and clipping
A taco whose primary filling is guacamole
 
“Guaco” is yet another Frankensteined child of a food culture where fusion cuisine is wildly popular. Other food items like the sushirito (sushi+burrito) and especially restaurant and food truck names like Chi’lantro (kim chi + cilantro) have been spawned by this trend. “Guaco” differs a little bit from this in that (hopefully) no self-respecting for-profit food providers actually sell them, but the etymological and psychological processes by which the word was formed are similar. Even if a guaco lacks the structural integrity and the texture to constitute a satisfying meal, it still just sounds really fun to eat one. In reality, the guaco was invented when my parents bought a lot of avocados and forgot that there was little else to quickly make satisfactory tacos or wraps from, so I made do with a tortilla filled with avocado. It was more disappointing than one would expect.
Etymology : blending of clipped words GUACamole and taCO
Source : “My parents decided to buy one of those entire bags of avocados so I’ve been eating guacos for a week” (conversation with friend, summer 2015)
Last modified: 9 December 2016


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