Via our friends at Hawaiian Spaniards

The vast majority of the Spanish immigrants that came to the United States had little formal education, most were graduates only of the School of Hard Knocks. That is why many of their texts, like those of contemporary immigrants, often feature “creative” spellings (“serbicio”) and Spanglish (“Groceria”). What they lacked in formal literacy they made up for with hard work, street smarts and gumption.