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Peruvians are referred to by several other names throughout the world, some of them may be pejorative, annoying, or insulting to some. The list below (including the regions, departments, and cities) is provided for completeness only, and intends no disrespect to anyone. Words in emphasis are Spanish. Keep in mind that in Spanish, demonyms (genticilios) are never capitalized.

Other Names - criollo (slang, only within Peru), perucho (diminuitive, demeaning if used by a foreigner)

Regions and Departments

  • Mountain, Sierra region, - de la sierra, cholo (sometimes pejorative), serrano (highly pejorative)
  • Jungle, selva region - del oriente, selvático, de la selva, charapa (a type of turtle, pejorative)

  • Other Peruvian Territories

    • El Frontón islands - no indigenous inhabitants

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    I do not pretend that this is a complete list. demonyms go. If you know other names (formal, informal, pejorative, or otherwise) for cities, states, or regions, please /msg me.

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