[LeChef: Not a very elucidating article, but still a whiff of Tequila ]
Huachicol, huachicolero, huachicoleo, are words that we constantly read in the news. The theft of fuels worries and hits the Mexican economy, but there are few who wonder about the origin and true meaning of such a peculiar word.
The theft of fuel in Mexico has become an agenda item of great concern during the first month of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
The meanings of that the word are diverse, although none with a clear character. However, in most cases, huachicol or guachicol, is addressed in different dictionaries of different origin, or are used in particular contexts; in many cases referring to the illicit.
The Mexican Academy of Tequila, in its glossary, speaks of huachicol as "a distilled beverage adulterated with cane alcohol".
For its part, in the Dictionary of Mexicanisms, of the Mexican Academy of Language, huachicol is used as something related to a false or questionable product.
Finally, in the Dictionary of Spanish of Mexico, cuachicol or huachicol is "a kind of pole with basket used to lower fruit. In the same publication huachicolero is the person who is dedicated to harvesting fruit with the aforementioned device, but also one that is dedicated to stealing fuel by drilling the pipelines.
Everything seems to indicate that the term focuses the false, the illicit, although in advance, the specific use of the word, related to the theft of fuel, has no clear origin, and should be adopted as a regionalism with no exact date of origin.
Re: Why is huachicoleo called fuel theft in Mexico?
And another explanation:
The word huachicol has its origin in Mayan and is based on the term waach, which is used to describe foreigners. When being Castilianized it was used derogatory with the term "huache".
However another version about the huachicoleo comes from the ethnic group of the "Guaches", who consume drinks made of tuna, mezquites or maguey.
While the dictionary of Mexicanisms states that "guache" is something false or of poor quality, so the word "huachicol" began to be used as a reference to adulterated alcoholic beverages sold in canteens.
He is now called "huachicol" the stolen fuel and "huachicoleo" is the action of theft, which is a crime. Currently fighting this crime has caused a shortage of gasoline in at least 10 states.