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Catafixia basically consists of exchanging one object for another regardless of the value of both.

Popularly used in a Mexican television program, this word was created by Xavier López, better known as “Chabelo”.

Xavier López is a Mexican actor, humorist and entertainer known for his long television career. He acquired the alias of Chabelo for making a joke personified by a boy with the same name.

Why is catafixia a trend?

Currently the word “Catafixia” is becoming a trend because fans tend to mention the “Chabelo” program every Sunday on social media.

Many of them were left wanting to participate in the Catafixia, on twitter you can find comments from people like:

  • I miss the catafixia.
  • I was catafixiaron by a (followed by a phrase or word).
  • I want to catafixiar (they usually place some object).

The word was included in the Dictionary of Mexicanisms, of the Mexican Academy of Language, it is even used as a verb. For example:

I catafixio my book for your DVD.

Origin of Catafixia

In an interview with the journalist Adela Micha, “Chabelo” commented that she invented the word when she spoke a language called Mautro. She added that this language was the one spoken by Martians.

Adela said that Xavier along with Germán Valdez “Tin Tán”, invented the Mautro language when a song saturated the radio and Mexican entertainment centers.

Part of the lyrics of the song says: “The Martians have arrived, and they came dancing the cha cha cha”.

The game of “Catafixia”

The comedian designed a game to make his television show called “En familia con Chabelo” more exciting. It was about the winners being able to exchange their prizes for one hidden behind curtains, risking getting something of lesser value.

In most of the programs, Xavier López “cheated” and helped the unfortunate to keep his prize.