Someone a while back invented a verb that they thought would guerrilla-brand Barcelona’s Raval district and managed to have a fake letter of protest published in La Retaguardia, Barcelona’s favourite sucker rag. Here it is in Googlish:
Ravalejar is an invented, nonexistent, absurd word. A false and unnecessary word. I do not know what means: to take a walk by the Raval, to live in the Raval, to buy, to eat, to drink, to amuse themselves, to love in the Raval? Or perhaps everything simultaneously? To a false verb it is not possible to attribute to him meant. What we are suggesting to our children: that he is legitimate to create words of the anything, because if ‘? What will be the following thing: to Diagonalear, to Guineuetear, or, perhaps, to SantaColomear?
Nice try, but months into the campaign I’ve still yet to hear anyone using the word.
- Half eel, half snake, all mad
Just about the only politicians who fear for the nation and for the national religion/myth and language as much as the
- European parliament report on language policy favours individual choice
Another nail in the coffin of the language police is creating a wave of Europhile euphoria in this household.
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From Barcelona’s Green Book: In the year of Our Lord 1839 a surgeon of the town of Sancti Spiritus in the province
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We all know, don’t we, that riffraff is from Middle English riffe raffe, from rif and raf, one and all, from
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Only God can save him now.