Quillo/chav/all suffix and no root/blah

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

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

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

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…

Hampshire Bowman

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.

Jail for plagiarist, well not exactly

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

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

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.