what does "negrito hermoso" mean in Spanish?
What does negrito hermoso mean in Spanish? Specifically around the the lower South America region like Argentina or Uruguay. I heard that "negrito hermoso" was a saying or phrase that people use for friends in those countries.
All right, since nobody is answering this, I'll give you my native point of view.
This means literally "my beautiful little black (person)".
In the Spanish-speaking world, it is not generally considered rude to address people by some physical feature of theirs; in fact, it is very common:
So it's quite common to call someone who is blond "hola güero",or "¡epa catire!"; someone who is heavy-set: "gordo"; "mi gordo", "gordito". Someone who has Asian features will probably be referred to as "chinito", and someone who is black, or merely dark skinned, will quite naturally be called "negro" or "negrito", as a term of endearment.
I think that to call someone "mi negrito hermoso", meaning "best friend" is a lot of nonsense, and in fact quite dangerous out of context. If you're male, and try to address your best buddy in a bar as "mi negrito hermoso", you'll probably get a fist in the face for publicly acting like a homosexual.
And if a girl addresses a casual friend like that, then this friend may think her intentions are not so casual after all.
Furthermore, it is absolutely silly to address a white, blond person as "negrito hermoso": they'd probably think you're being sarcastic!
I think this kind of expression is something that a lover may safely say to his/her dark-skinned lover, or a mother to her dark-skinned kid.
Dark-skinned, by the way, does not necessarily mean actually Afro-black. Just as long as the person is not shiny-white / blond, this may fly.
Context can make a huge difference in terms of how this is perceived, obviously.
Welcome to the Forum, Joe.
This should be easy enough to figure out if you look up each component in the dictionary: negro (diminutive negrito) and hermoso.
Keep in mind that while this expression will never be acceptable in the English speaking world in general, and the US in particular, it is perfectly safe and harmless in Spanish.
I just talked to someone from Uruguay and he said that females use it often, but towards friends mostly.
That is so incredibly weird to me. Every time I've heard the expression "negrito hermoso" it has never been between 'friends'. I've heard my Colombian friend call her husband "negrito hermoso" in such a sexy way it made my knees buckle. I've heard many husbands and wives use this term, but never 'just friends'. Interesting, I've learned something new I guess.
It is true that in Spanish speaking countries, mostly in Latin America, is normal to give people a nickname from some physical feature (something unacceptable in English countries).
So, even famous people may be called as "el negro (name)", "el gordo...", etc.
There was a famous Argentinian singer called "la negra Sosa" because of her darkish complexion of aboriginal descend in a very affectionate way, I know because when I went there I heard people say it and explained this to me.
I asked some people from Uruguay, it's something you say to a friend, not a lover. That's very different from Mexico where it means beautiful, or handsome person. In Mexico it seems to be something used to show attraction. On the other hand, in Uruguay it's a phrase or saying that is used towards a friend. It's kind of like saying good person or something like that. In Uruguay, "Negrito Hermoso" is equivalent to best friend. That's strange how different the meanings are. If anything has anything to add that would be appreciated.
I just talked to someone from Uruguay and he said that females use it often, but towards friends mostly. It is more of a phrase in that country. I guess it means the person is a beautiful or good person. It's applying to the person's character. In Uruguay, it can be applied to looks apparently, but not often like in Mexico. He also said that men don't use it towards other men.