kemosabi

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Coined for the 1938 Lone Ranger television serial, apparently from a corruption of Spanish quien lo sabe "(he) who knows".

Noun[edit]

kemosabi (plural not attested)

  1. (colloquial) An appellation given to a wise friend.

Usage notes[edit]

The use of this term is mildly offensive among English-speaking Latinos, who see use of the term on the original television serial as fawning on the part of Tonto (whose name means "stupid" in Spanish).