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    I thought it was a myth... but

    "Origin of the name Mitsubishi ?PAJERO? September 8, 2005
    Posted by Cheetos in Arbit Thoughts.

    For the curious, the Spanish word pajero means ?wanker?, from paja meaning ?wank? (literally, ?straw?), in the expression hacerse una paja, (literally ?to do oneself a straw?). These slang expressions come from the fact that both a straw and the penis are similar in being pipe-like. It is the first meaning to come to mind to Spanish speakers in both Spain and the majority of Latin America.

    Pajero has some non-rude agricultural meanings, referring to someone selling or transporting straw or (in the Canary Islands dialect) the barn where it is kept. These are the original meanings of the word, but not common these days. It is also an obscure nickname for people from Santo Domingo de la Calzada in La Rioja, presumably due to historical straw production in the village.

    In the dialects of Nicaragua, Colombia and Guatemala, paja is used to mean ?tap? (i.e. the end of the ?pipe?), and so, in Nicaragua at least, a pajero is a plumber, to the mirth of other Spanish-speakers.

    However, none of these rude or innocent meanings gave the vehicle its name. There is a feline, scientifically classified as Oncifelis colocolo, which is known in Spanish as the gato pajero (?grass cat?) or gato de las pampas (?Pampas cat?). It is similiar to the ocelot and hunts small animals in the reeds and grasslands of South America. There are several subspecies, including Oncifelis colocolo colocolo found in central Chile and Oncifelis colocolo pajeros found in central Argentina. In this official press release in Japanese (, Mitsubishi explains that they got the name for the vehicle from the latter subspecies, which they call by its short name Felis pajeros. The Pampas cat featured on the emblem on early Pajero SUVs"
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  • #2
    Wow, first I've heard of this!

    I can pretty much bet no other Pajero owner has ever known about this, good find!


    • #3
      Yeah thanks Matt, makes me feel real good about my purchase.

      I think most people know all about the Pajero name, well all my Landrover mates do anyway.
      I will take the "cat" definition please.

      I am not certain but I think the slang Spanish definition is why it is not called a Pajero in other counties. It is a Shogun in Europe and a Montero in the USA, Canada and South America


      2010 Prado ZR 150 SWB
      1987 Range Rover Ute

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      • #4

        My Brother owns a toyota Prado, why because he has an Argentinian wife and she just couldn't warm to driving around in a car called a Pajero. In the US since they have such a significant Hispanic population it was given the name Montero. Knowing how my Sister in law feels about the name it all makes sense.

        Also I'll bet that the feline definition of the name came about after some turkey in Japan came up with the name Pajero, didn't understand the intention of the name and they had already spent millions on the marketing. Probably thought it referred to an outback cowboy who rides the plains.

        DAn C
        Dan C; Stock NS Exceed DID Auto w T'bar, Magellan Explorist XL w DAST topo, Tom Tom One


        • #5
          Maybe its because i like ninja movies, but id prefer if it was called a shogun over here too. HEHE


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