Irene Rigau and visualizar

Send her to prison by all means, but make Aleix Vidal-Quadras, Luís Soravilla and other ignorant pedants visit her in penance.

Trebots @ Monday December 10th 2012 13:54

I think Aleix Vidal-Quadras is saying (via) that Irene Rigau said, "Ministro, me tengo que marchar porque he de visualizar mi oposición a la ley", and that you can't use visualizar in that fashion - Luís Soravilla says the latter.

Rigau certainly belongs in prison for her refusal to carry out court orders illegalising Catalan immersion - contumacy is such a lovely word! - but her use of visualizar for "hacer visible" or "retratar" or "mostrar" in a general sense strikes my mental corpus as normal contemporary Spanish, whatever the equally incarcerable Royal Academy thinks. A couple of apposite examples:

  1. El País, 24/04/2004: "En Colombia, desde la década de los cincuenta, una parte importante de la producción literaria intenta mil argumentos, personajes, tramas y géneros, todo ello con el afán de visualizar su tragedia política, su enquistada violencia cotidiana."
  2. Público, 27/06/2011: "Tres presidentas ayudan al PP a visualizar su idea de igualdad. El partido exhibe a sus jefas de gobierno autonómicas como prueba de que el sistema de cuotas no es necesario para el acceso de la mujer a la política."
  3. Deia, 18/10/2012: Eusko Alkartasuna contraprogramará este mediodía un acto de apoyo de sus cargos públicos, presentes y pasados, al proyecto de EH Bildu. A solo tres días de las elecciones autonómicas, la formación que lidera Pello Urizar se ha apresurado a visualizar su respaldo a la candidatura de Laura Mintegi a lehendakari.

I wonder if this isn't a conservative, xenophobic register thing - that they think of visualizar as yet another anglocabrón invasion, imported by those notoriously miscegenating Latin Americans or unsoldby Leninists - but I have no evidence.

  • Alejo Vidal-Quadras Roca (1) Alejo Vidal-Quadras Roca is a former Spanish Member of the European Parliament, and a radiation physicist. He was elected on the People's Party ticket and sat with the European People's Party group. On July 20, 2004 he was elected one of the 14 Vice-Presidents of the European Parliament. In 2014 he announced that he was leaving the People's Party for Vox. He was the front-runner for Vox in the 2014 European Election, but the party failed to win a seat.
  • Catalan language (51)
  • Irene Rigau i Oliver (1) Irene Rigau i Oliver is a Catalan politician born in Banyoles in 1951.
  • José Ignacio Wert (3) José Ignacio Wert Ortega is a Spanish politician. On 22 December 2011 he was appointed Minister of Education, Culture and Sports by the president of the Spanish Government, Mariano Rajoy.
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  • Register (sociolinguistics) (1) In linguistics, a register is a variety of a language used for a particular purpose or in a particular social setting. For example, when speaking in a formal setting contrary to an informal setting, an English speaker may be more likely to use features of prescribed grammar—such as pronouncing words ending in -ing with a velar nasal instead of an alveolar nasal, choosing more formal words, and refraining from using words considered nonstandard, such as ain't.
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  1. Tom
    December 10th 2012 17:02

    Well I hope they never use the word 'Líder' or any of its friends. I've never bought the argument that this word, with its faulty verb (leading, as it were, from the noun rather than t'other way about), came into Spanish from the Latin for 'lawyer'. It's so obviously an anglobastardisation. Lock 'em all up, except for Rigau.

    (Oh and yer captcha just gave me Greek alphabet words to copy. That's too difficult.)

  2. Trebots
    December 11th 2012 11:00

    We're the cockroaches of language.

    But we're all Greek now, everything's Greek, man.



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