Saturday, January 06, 2007

Today, a Spanish humour special. I’ve been given the following document on the subject of machismo in the Spanish language, something I’ve touched on in the past. I leave it to you to answer the question - Is this a genuine list of examples or is it piss-taking on the part of the very Spanish males who revel in it . . .

MACHISMO IN THE SPANISH LANGUAGE

The Association of Hispanic-American Women has complained that, according to them, Spanish is fundamentally machisto. Let’s have a look at a few examples:-

AMBITIOUS
Masculine form: With fixed aims. ‘Not backwards in coming forward’
Feminine form: Self-interested. ‘Bloodsucker’.

DARING
M: Bold. Courageous.
F: Rude. Badly brought up.

ADVENTURESOME
M: Bold. Original and risk-taking.
F: Easy. Frivolous.

CALLEJERO: A street map
CALLEREJA: A streetwalker. A whore

WHATEVER
M: Whomsoever. A so-and-so.
F: A whore

GOD: The creator of the universe whose divinity passed to his son through the male line
GODDESS: A mythological creation of obsolete, forgotten and superstitious cultures

HERO: An idol
HEROIN: A drug which kills

MAN OF THE WORLD: A man of great experience and broad view
WOMAN OF THE WORLD: A whore

PUBLIC MAN: A prominent person. A civil servant.
PUBLIC WOMAN: A low life. A whore.

HOMBREZUELO: A man of insignificance
MUJERZUELA: A whore

MACHISTO: A man who is macho and tough
MACHISTA: A dyke. A lesbian

HERITAGE: A combination of goods
MARRIAGE: A combination of evils

DOG
M: Man’s best friend
F: A whore

PUTO: A womaniser. A Binger.
PUTA: A whore

QUICK
M: Intelligent. Open-minded.
F: A whore

REGALADO: Past participle of the verb to ‘To give a present’
REGALADA: A whore

UNMARRIED
M: Popular. Intelligent. Able
F: Timid. Slow. ‘Prickly customer’.

FATHER IN LAW: Father of your spouse.
MOTHER IN LAW: Witch. Busybody.

BULL: An animal of class and breeding. Strong and noble.
COW: Fat and podgy. As ugly as a manatee.

FOX
M: Swordsman [Zorro]. Skilful. Audacious.
F: Yet another Whore.

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