Month archive for June, 2006

Quillo/chav/all suffix and no root/blah

Posted: June 30th 2006 17:26. Last modified: June 30th 2006 17:54

This Cádiz lexicon says (also here) that quillo is used indiscriminately to attract attention, rather like "¡Oye!" in Spanish and its English cognate, "Oi!", or, alternatively, like the English "Love". In Barcelona (and presumably in other Spanish cities) quillo is also used derogatively, to express perceived age, ethnic and class distinctions, rather like the Spanish/Catalan […]

Goodbye Word Cup

Posted: June 30th 2006 17:00.

Here's yet another intriguing Tunisian blog. Karim, the original, is meanwhile tracking the degradation and destruction of the southern Mediterranean coastline, following where Spain showed the way.

More transformations

Posted: June 30th 2006 16:48.

For freaks: Antonio Nebrija's 1492 Gramática, the first systematic study of Spanish, summarises the various types of metaplasm referred to here, making clear here that he regards them as acceptable corruptions. Valdés attacks Nebrija for his Latinate affectations, but it's unfair to regard them respectively as descriptivist and prescriptivist extremists.

Dopey cyclists

Posted: June 30th 2006 15:45.

There's little doubt now that Tyler Hamilton's going to lose his Olympic gold. I continue to find it difficult to believe--particularly given the Mike Anderson story--that it was just close friendship and the proximity of hills and flats that brought him and Lance Armstrong together in Gerona in doping-plagued Spain. Die an honest death: stick […]

In Belgium they speak Belgian, so in Catalonia…

Posted: June 30th 2006 14:59. Last modified: June 30th 2006 15:02

Joan Camp thinks there's a language called Belgian, and that it's essentially the same as Flemish.

Hampshire Bowman

Posted: June 30th 2006 14:40.

I hear it is being torn apart to make it into a boring restaurant with bar, just like all the other pubs in the region. Hohum, back to drinking cider out of a plastic bag on a bench.

Q: What is most likely to attract tourists to the small Pyrenean town of Aínsa?

Posted: June 29th 2006 16:14.

A: Its carpark. (You need to hit Enter)

Jail for plagiarist, well not exactly

Posted: June 29th 2006 15:04.

Publisher Javier Ruiz Portella has been given six months by a Barcelona court for stealing Francisco Rico's edition of Carmina Burana. He won't serve it because of his age (59), his past record and the nature of the offence. One wonders how an immigrant car-thief on his first offence would have fared. Ruiz Portella was […]

Cataloonies boycott water in Spanish

Posted: June 28th 2006 23:06.

This is hilarious: Catalan separatists ERC survived their major political challenge this year (forget being kicked out of the government and losing the referendum) by getting hotel staff to remove the Spanish labels from the bottles of water provided at a press conference yesterday.

Why the Madrid metro drives on the left

Posted: June 28th 2006 20:34.

Because it was built that way when it opened in 1916 and it would have cost too much to change it when road transport switched to the right in the 1920s.

Arana’s El Catalanismo

Posted: June 28th 2006 20:19. Last modified: June 28th 2006 23:21

It seems to me a perilous sport to quote the father of Basque racism, Sabino Arana, in support of that vulgar ideal, the unity of the Spanish nation.

Die, critics

Posted: June 28th 2006 17:25.

My front page aggregator removes diacritics, rendering local media tycoon Godó as God, which I doubt would displease.

Book plugging in the digital age

Posted: June 28th 2006 17:10. Last modified: June 28th 2006 17:13

Sounds like LanguageHat also got approached by Grant Barrett's minder at McGraw-Hill offering "a look at our book" in exchange for a plug. I invited her to send dead tree all the way to Spain and have heard nothing more, which you may wish to attribute to Spain's splendidly relaxed postal service or to a […]

Linguistic policy of Hispano-American language academies

Posted: June 28th 2006 16:52. Last modified: June 28th 2006 20:41

"[Language] academies, oscillating in the disjunction between description and prescription, will have to document prescription taking into account descriptions of use," says Pilar Chargoñia. Burn em down, I say. (Here via here is news of lobbyists who want the RAE to undescribe various popular uses of terms.)

Tourism@Vic (update 30/6)

Posted: June 27th 2006 16:22.

Speaking from baldie experience, most council tourism departments here offer an abysmal service, and things gets worse once you go online. I'm pursuing the tourismcrats at Vic, a medium-sized xenophobic town out in the sticks, to see how long and how far I'll have to go to get any kind of response: 20/6 Mail to […]

Listen up, you workers!

Posted: June 27th 2006 15:53.

The Progressive University, a subsidised summer wankfest for bourgeois Catalan nationalist-socialists, is running a course to explain to the proles, hordes of whom will doubtless attend, What the Catalanist, left-wing government did without anyone being aware of it. (Via David Millán)

Graves in Galician

Posted: June 27th 2006 15:40. Last modified: June 29th 2006 15:27

Carlos Ferrera notes the bizarre preoccupations of Galician nationalist and regional deputy, Bieito Lobeira: If some catastrophe were to occur today that would lead to the partial or total eradication of human life from the part of the planet which it is our fortune to occupy, with all probability future archaelogical studies of funerary remains […]

Clos revelation: squatters responsible for violence

Posted: June 27th 2006 15:37.

Klos is Dutch for sucker.


Posted: June 27th 2006 15:14.

Near La Guardia in the province of Toledo. Via laboladelmundo and Pixel y Dixel, one of whose commenters says that there actually a bar there and that it is visible from the A4 motorway.

Hidalgo and other Spanish syncopations

Posted: June 26th 2006 14:33. Last modified: June 26th 2006 14:55

Linguistic syncopes are confusing for musicians, who think of syncopation as redistributive rather than reductive. Confusingly, too, many of the syncopated words in Juan de Valdés' gem of early descriptive linguistics and linguistic politicking, Diálogo de la lengua (late 1530s), are not produced by medial deletions. Here's the conventional scheme of things (Hartmann & Stork, […]


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