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Friday, June 24, 2016

Argot Dominicano (dedicado a Junot Diaz)

(fuente: la huerta de ana mary)
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¿Qué es una vaina? Es sólo una vaina, nada más, nada menos, la cubierta de los frijoles y guisantes (y de otras cosas así). También la cubierta de los cuchillos y sables, a veces aún de los pistolas y armas. Finalmente una vaina es exactamente una cubierta, para algo y para nada. Y así la vaina se hizo una palabra para llamar absolutamente cualquier cosa, especialmente cuando no se recuerda el nombre de esa cosa, o es demasiado perezoso para llamar la cosa con su nombre exacto. Y como cualquier palabra de este tipo, vaina se acostumbró en toda la clase de maldiciones y obscenidades. Al menos en República Dominicana y generalmente en el Caribeño vaina es el querido del argot. Es ubicuo, es un chameleon: si conoce todos sus significados, no necesita otras palabras para hacerse entendido allí. En el Caribeño, sabe vaina sabe el español, es tan simple.

Dice Laura Restrepo (escritora y periodista colombiana), al extranjero que visita estas tierras, por familiarizarse con el múltiple y versátil manejo de vaina le ahorra tener que aprender español.




Aquí están algunos ejemplos (con sus traducciones inglesas). ¡Diviértete!

(fuente: Urban Dictionary):

¡Me gusta esta vaina! (I like this stuff!)

¿Dónde encontraste esa vaina alla? (Where did you find that thing over there?)

¡Dame esa vaina! (Give me that thing!)

¡Que vaina! (Damn!)

¡Esa vaina! (That's bullshit!)

(fuente: Speaking Latino):

¡Qué vaina! (What a disaster!)

¡Qué buena vaina! (in reference to success or good fortune)

Pásame esa vaina (used together with the demonstrative pronoun esa in reference to a thingamajig)

Salí de esa vaina (I am now relieved of that burden)

(fuente: Stuff Dominicans Like):

¿Y que es esa vaina? (What is this crap?)

¡Cuidado con esa vaina! (Be careful with this kind of things!)

¡No te metas en esta vaina! (Don't enter this kind of stuff)

¿Y que la vaina? (And wtf?)

¡Quitame esa vaina! (Change the channel!)

¡Buscame la vaina por favor! (Pick up some rum at the bodega, please!)



(Refranero español)

(Junot Diaz)

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Gomez Leal (Pessoa - rendido em romeno por Dan Caragea)

António Duarte Gomes Leal
(source: wikimedia)
no copyright infringement intended


Sangra, sinistro, a alguns o astro baço.
Seus três anéis irreversíveis são
A desgraça, a tristeza, a solidão.
Oito luas fatais fitam no espaço.

Este, poeta, Apolo em seu regaço
A Saturno entregou. A plúmbea mão
Lhe ergueu ao alto o aflito coração.
E, erguido, o apertou, sangrando lasso.

Inúteis oito luas da loucura
Quando a cintura tríplice denota
Solidão e desgraça e amargura!

Mas da noite sem fim um rastro brota,
Vestígios de maligna formosura:
É a lua além de Deus, álgida e ignota.





Sângeră trist în unii astrul mat.
Inelele lui trei sunt pe vecie:
Singurătate, chin, melancolie.
Opt luni fatale spațiul îl străbat.

Poetul, de Apolo, fu purtat
În poală, lui Saturn. Iar mâna-i plumburie
Inima tristă-o ridică-n tărie
Și-o strânse până, moale, -a sângerat.

Zadarnice acum opt luni nebune
Când tripla lui centură răspândește:
Singurătate, chin și-amărăciune!

Din noaptea nesfârșită-o urmă crește,
Vestigii de malignă, grea minune:
O lună rece lângă Zeu albește.



(Gomez Leal)

(Fernando Pessoa)

(Dan Caragea)

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Friday, June 17, 2016

António Duarte Gomes Leal

António Duarte Gomes Leal
caricaturado por Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro
(source: wiki commons)
no copyright infringement intended

poeta e crítico literário português (1848-1921)


Dan Caragea sobre Gomes Leal:

L-am citit în original. Făcea parte din programa de literatură, dar, pe vremea aceea, îl aveam la inimă pe Cesário Verde. Pe el l-am ales și pentru lucrarea de diplomă. La Gomes Leal m-am reîntors abia după vreo doi ani, după ce am citit poemul omonim al lui Fernando Pessoa. Am tradus puține poeme de Leal, toate pe alese. Totuși, Claridades do Sul (1875) ar fi meritat tradus integral. Scriitori români apropiați de spiritul lui Leal? (Cred că) trebuie căutat în școala și discipolii lui Macedonski, pentru că el este, la noi, înnoitorul.
(interviu publicat în Egophobia)





(Una Vida Entre Libros)

(Dan Caragea)

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Federico del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús García Lorca

firma de Federico García Lorca
(fuente: wiki commons)
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(Una Vida Entre Libros)

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

¿Cómo evitar argumentos innecesarios?

The Monster Squad (Una Pandilla Halucinante), 1987
(fuente: Aquí Vale Todo)
no copyright infringement intended


No lo entiendo por qué la gente discute, con lo bonito que es decir que si a todo y hacer lo que te sale de los cojones

(variante: No entiendo por qué la gente discute, con lo bonito y lo fácil que es decir que sí a todo y luego hacer lo que te salga de los huevos)


(Refranero español)

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Argot Castellano: La Palabra Más Usada

(fuente: Drunkabilly Records)
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Aquí están 33 frases con la palabra argótica más usada en España:







(Refranero español)

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Friday, June 03, 2016

Jared Diamond

Jared Diamond
(photo source: Jared Diamond's web site)
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While in high school Jared Diamond believed he would become a physician, to follow his father's path. However he chose the Greek classes rather than sciences. And he remained with a great passion for foreign languages since then: while in his sixties he began studying Italian - that being his twelfth tongue.

But let's come back to his young years. He went to Harvard, considering again a scientific career. And again he studied anything rather than sciences: Russian, German, music, oral epic poetry and the like. He thought that anyway he would work in some scientific field for the rest of his life, so why not doing at least in college something really for his soul? And he remained with a great passion for music. Some years later he would propose to his wife by playing the Brahms Intermezzo in A minor.

After Harvard he went to Cambridge University in England, where he finally devoted his time fully to sciences and earned a PhD in physiology. It was the case, you'd say.

After finishing his studies, Jared Diamond returned to US and started working in the field of laboratory research, specializing in the physiology of gall bladder, at Harvard (as a Junior Fellow) and then at UCLA (as a professor at the Medical School). A summer trip to New Guinea brought him the big picture of life and the big meaning. He started a second career that took a more and more precise shape in the years that followed, embracing such fields as ecosystems, evolutionary biology, geographic determinism, anthropology, macrohistory.

He is talking about all this in his books: The Third Chimpanzee (1991: how did humans evolve from being just another specie of big animals to what distinguishes them radically from all other animals?), Guns, Germs and Steel (1997: how did Eurasians - rather than people from the other continents - become the masters of the world?), Why Is Sex Fun (1997: why is human sexuality so radically different from all other animals?), Collapse (2005: why did so many past societies disappear, leaving behind ruined temples, pyramids and palaces?), Natural Experiments of History (2010: can we elaborate a sort of experimental laboratory by comparing different historical events evolving under similar conditions while having different outcomes?), The World Until Yesterday (2012: can we learn from present-day traditional societies for our own good?). The method, as we can see, is to formulate clearly the question and then to advance some possible alternate answers, if any. Each of these books deserves a short discussion. Maybe I should come back to it.


(A Life in Books)

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Cardinal Capovilla Dies at 100

Loris Francesco Capovilla and Pope John XXIII,
with the body of the sainted Pope Pius X,
(wearing a silver mask), St. Peter’s Basilica, 1959
photo: Luigi Felici / AP
(source: NYT)
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Cardinal Loris Francesco Capovilla, who as personal secretary to Pope John XXIII helped prepare the Roman Catholic hierarchy for the opening of the Second Vatican Council, died in Bergamo, Italy, at 100 (NYT).



(Church in America)

Friday, May 27, 2016

Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson painted by Joshua Reynolds
oil paint on canvas, c.1772
Tate Gallery. Copy held by Pembroke College, Oxford
(source: wikimedia)
no copyright infringement intended


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) was a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, lexicographer and editor. Often referred as Dr.Johnson, he has been described as arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history. Among his works, there is a towering Dictionary of the English Language, an influential annotated edition of The Plays of William Shakespeare, and a monumental collection of Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets.
(info source: wiki)



(A Life in Books)

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Moments of History: Bandung, 1955




(Zoon Politikon)