Lost in Translation: A Case of Unintended Meaning

Mar 17, 2024

The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, a Los Angeles Dodgers minor league baseball team, made a linguistic faux pas when choosing their nickname.

Lost in Translation

In an homage to the iconic jackets that Mariachi players wear, the team announced that they would become the 'Chaquetas'. Little did they know, the word has a NSFW slang meaning.

The Chaquetas

While 'Chaqueta' literally translates to 'jacket' in Spanish, it is also a slang word for masturbation.

A Double Meaning

Fans on social media were quick to point out the word's double meaning, causing the Quakes to reevaluate their choice.

Social Media Backlash

The Quakes quickly took down all their announcements and put the name through a vetting process to avoid any further embarrassment.

Reevaluation and Backpedaling

Quakes executive vice president and general manager, Grant Riddle, expressed concern over the mistake but emphasized that their intention was not to make a joke out of it.

Unintended Mistake

After careful consideration, the team decided to stick to their original choice and proudly reposted the announcement.

Sticking to Their Guns

The name 'Chaquetas' is a tribute to Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly, who wore a black mariachi jacket to the team's White House reception.

A Tribute to Mariachi

The Quakes will play as the Chaquetas only for the three events of the Copa de la Diversión, a series that embraces Hispanic culture and values in minor league communities.

The Fun Cup

This incident serves as a reminder of the importance of thorough translation and cultural understanding when adopting new names or identities.

Lessons Learned