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English and the internet continue to exert their linguistic influence over the Spanish language, although an indigenous term has been named the Fundéu BBVA's word of the year for 2013. The Fundéu BBVA - whose principal objectives include to "promote the correct use of Spanish in the media" - named escrache as its word of …


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  1. T. F. M. Reader Silver badge


    So in Spain "photographing someone" trumps "photographing oneself"... Good for them...

    1. Dan 55 Silver badge

      Re: escrachar

      I take it you've not seen the Spanish gossip rags ('pink press') then.

      They're like The Sun on higher quality paper but without the Sun's higher standards of journalism. They need to complete with the TV I suppose.

  2. peredur

    The Indian sub-continent and science continue to exert their linguistic influence over the English language:

    boson (n.)

    class of subatomic particles, named for Indian physicist Satyendra Nath Bose (1894-1974) + subatomic particle suffix -on.


    The suffix -ón is very common in Spanish (montón, capuchón...)

    And it is also very common to add '-ear' to something to make an otherwise non-existent verb in Spanish (postear, cloquear...). So a little less of the linguistic jingoism, please.

    1. Lester Haines (Written by Reg staff) Gold badge

      Hazme un favor...

      ¿Linguistic jingoism, moi?

  3. BlueGreen

    another slightly odd article by the reg

    But this is a good thing. I look forward to more.

    And they often provoke the more erudite and thoughtful responses too, this one excepted.

  4. Ed_UK

    the slang known as Lunfardo was in use in Buenos Aires (Arg) and Uruguay a hundred years ago. Some words were incorporated into tango lyrics, affording them some immortality, even if they never entered common usage.

    Not surprisingly, given its underworld origins, the Lunfardo vocbulary seems to have a disproportionately large number or words relating to criminal activity, (theft, knives, killing, prostitution) women, sex and sexual organs.

    Why is this relevant? New words enter our languages all the time but it seems to reach a significant point when it acquires its own name. Perhaps, those looking back in a hundred years' time will have a new name to refer to the rapid influx of new words for our age.

  5. Daniel B.


    hehe. Cholo also means something like "gangbanger" which makes you wonder how that player earned his nickname...

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