According to the dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE ), pituto It is a concept that is used in Chile to allude to a small tube protruding from an object . The term can also refer, in colloquial language, to a casual employment which is advantageous from the economic point of view and that is carried out in parallel to the stable and formal labor activity.
Pituto also names the one who, by his social position, can help someone to solve a difficulty or problem . Another use of the notion refers to the advantage or the shortcut which allows to avoid steps or procedures.
In others countries , pituto is a small size element, whose name is unknown and difficult to describe . The term, in this framework, is used to name parts of machines or devices. For example: “I have to go buy the pituto that locks the belt”, "It broke a keyhole of the lock and now I can't close the door", “I went to the hardware store but I couldn't find the pituto I need”.
In Argentina , the idea of pituto became popular through a police case . He October 27, 2002 , in her home in a closed Buenos Aires neighborhood, the sociologist María Marta García Belsunce It appeared dead. Although it was initially thought that it was a domestic accident, it was later discovered that it had five bullet impacts on the head.
Weeks after the event, the victim's half brother, Juan Hurtig , declared in a prosecutor's office that on the day of the incident he found in the place a "Pituto" and threw it into the toilet (toilet), thinking it didn't work: said pituto turned out to be a projectile . Hurtig claimed that he showed the object to the brother of Maria Marta , Horacio García Belsunce , and other relatives, and said everyone wanted to dismiss it, a decision that - along with other factors - made them suspects of crime .