Narcos: What does the title Narcos actually mean?

Narcos: What does the title Narcos actually mean?


 When Narcos first got underway on Netflix in 2015, the action-packed thriller instantly became a hit Providing an all-new look into the criminal exploits of famed drug lord Pablo Escobar (played by Wagner Moura), the show was crammed full of gunfights, bloodshed, explosion and high-octane chases across its three seasons The full-on drama is indicative of the true meaning behind the show’s title.What does the word Narcos really mean? The word ‘narcos’ is derived from the term ‘narcotics’ and is the plural of ‘narco’  According to Collins Dictionary, ‘narco’ is an informal phrase for a drug smuggler  In American English, however, the word has a few extra meanings. Not only is ‘narco’ used to describe someone who smuggles drugs but can be used for someone who uses illegal substances       ‘Narco’ is also the name given to someone who “engages in the illegal trades in narcotic drugs”, not just smuggling  The word is English and doesn’t change when translated into Spanish. With so much illegal activity taking place in the series, Narcos seemed like an apt name  While the title has a clear explanation and definition, some of the series’ episode titles may need explaining further      This is because throughout all three seasons of NArcos, the episode titles alternate from English to Spanish  In season one of the Netflix original series, the episode titles are:DescensoThe Sword of Simón BolivarThe Men of AlwaysThe Palace in FlamesThere Will be a FutureExplosivosYou Will Cry Tears of BloodLa Gran MentiraLa CatedralDespegue The English translations for the first season’s episode titles are:DeclineThe Sword of Simón BolivarThe Men of AlwaysThe Palace in FlamesThere Will be a FutureExplosivesYou Will Cry Tears of BloodThe Great LieCathedralTake Off      In season two, Netflix opted for the same approach, mixing Spanish and English episode titles:Free at LastCambalacheOur Man in MadridThe Good, the Bad, and the DeadThe Enemies of My EnemyLos PepesDeutschland 93Exit El PatrónNuestra FincaAl Fin Cayó! Translated to English, the meanings behind the season two titles are:Free at LastSwapOur Man in MadridThe Good, the Bad, and the DeadThe Enemies of My EnemyThe PepesDeutschland 93Exit the PatternOur FarmFinally Fell!     Season three followed suit, again combining bilingual titles – they are:The Kingpin StrategyThe Cali KGBFollow the MoneyCheckmateMROBets Laid PlansSin SalidaConvivirTodos Los Hombres del PresidenteGoing Back to Cali In English, each title has the following meaning:The Kingpin StrategyThe Cali KGBFollow the MoneyCheckmateMROBets Laid PlansNo ExitLive TogetherAll the President’s MenGoing Back to Cali 

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