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A term from Mexico used to describe a self-hating Mexican mestizo or full blooded native American who has extremely obvious native American facial traits, yet denies this and pretends to be a white guy from Spain by telling you a story about his nonexistent great grandmother with blonde hair and blue eyes. In Mexico, these self-hating mestizos desperately deny their obvious native American DNA even though their ancestors were Aztec, Mayan, Purepecha, Tlaxcatec and other native American groups. Instead, they ignore that and pretend that they are 100% white from Spain. They usually call others prieto despite being dark skinned themselves. When they move to the US they only hang out with white people and always talk about how much they hate Mexico in order to get approval from their white friends who think he's a weird Uncle Tom anyways.
Guy#1: Hey why does that prieto deny his Mexican native ancestry and pretends to be a white Spaniard?
Guy#2: Idk bro, he has el nopal en la frente, pretty obvious he's from Mexico and not Spain; he looks like Montezuma.
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by Nezahualcoyotl December 22, 2018
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Used often in the business world, this incredibly versatile phrase can be literally translated as "fuck it."
The client changed the deadline to today? Well, it is what it is.
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Translates into "Cactus on the forehead". The Nopal is a cactus that is native and synonymous with Mexico.

Depending on the context, it's a term used for Mexican-Americans who have homogenized, or "sold out" themselves into American culture.

1.) Tongue-in-cheek term used by Mexicans to Mexican-Americans. Used by mainly by Mexican immigrants to tease Mexican-Americans who have become too "Americanized" and disconnected from their ancestral culture, either because they forgot how to speak Spanish fluently, or no longer observe Mexican traditions, customs and celebrations.

2.) A slur used by Mexicans to Mexican-Americans who are "American First". To some Mexicans, Mexican-Americans who identify themselves as patriotically American are "selling out" to "white oppressors" since patriotism is not a value you can have if you're not white. They also accuse Mexican-Americans that do so as deriding their Mexican heritage or roots.

The type of American-born 'Mexicans' that use such a term are the ones that hold 'anti-imperial' sentiments against "Gringos". They feel that "Gringos" have no rightful claim to enforce American borders since they "stole" the lands. This, even though the only reason they live in America is because American colonization made the "stolen lands" a much better place in comparison to the rest of Mexico, and offered more opportunities for them.

What hypocrites.
Definition 1: Hey mijo, why are you speaking to me in English? Are you forgetting how to speak Spanish? We taught you how to speak fluent Spanish in the home. Are you forgetting where you came from, or are you forgetting on purpose? If so, look in the mirror and you see the 'Nopal en la frente' to remind you of your roots.

Definition 2: Did that American-born 'Mexican', who was at the protest wearing an Aztec feathered headdress he bought on Amazon (while also flying a Mexican flag), accuse me of "selling out" to my "Gringo oppressors" because I told them we should have borders? And that I should see the 'Nopal en la frente' because I'm not white? What a delusional and dumb hypocrite. He knows the only reason his parents moved here is because the US was a better country to live in than Mexico, and that if the "stolen lands" still belonged to Mexico, it would be just as underdeveloped as the majority of Mexico. What a militant idiot.
by JustAmericanNotHyphenated August 02, 2020
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Hate speech used by Mexicans to describe Hispanics that are proud to be American and choose to speak English. It literally translates to "cactus on your forehead". I have no idea what that even means, but I assume it's supposed the ultimate insult because they love saying it so much.
My last name is Rodriguez and English is the primary language that I speak. America, fuck yeah!

Haters: You're a Mexican who thinks that you are white, con el nopal en la frente.
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