Archive for the ‘Humour’ Category


Posted on September 21st, 2010 by by Theresa

Searching for Snuff

Have you heard about the new tienda de informática called Snuff? Bit of a weird name, I know, but there you go. In Málaga, of course, it’s pronounced something like ‘Ehnaf’ or even ‘Ehnah’. Which is where this story starts. I was in the electronics store Worten – to say it right in Spanish screw […]

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Posted on August 23rd, 2010 by by Valerie

La Jama de Yoga

My late father-in-law used to speak Catalan reverse slang, which he had originally devised with his best mate, as a young man, so that la grossa (la sogra, the mother-in-law) would not understand them. (This was even funnier in a politically incorrect era because gros/grossa also means large or fat.) Decades later, Avi (grandad, to […]

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Posted on June 20th, 2010 by by Theresa

Mosquis and D’oh

I’ve been in Spain as long as The Simpsons have been on air (1989). And for me, despite their utter American-ness, they remain utterly Spanish. The first time I heard the ‘real’ Homer’s voice I was horrified. Lisa and Marge sound amazingly similar in both languages, but somehow Homer is cuter in castellano, Moe even […]

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Posted on May 27th, 2010 by by Theresa

English brands: a user’s guide

No matter how well you speak Spanish there will always be certain words and phrases in the middle of a conversation that will leave you totally flummoxed. ‘Escotbreetay’? What’s on earth is that? And should you need to ask for said ‘escotbreetay’ without Spanglifying – or Andaluzifying – your pronunciation, you haven’t got a chance. […]

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Posted on May 16th, 2010 by by Theresa

Lost in Translation

‘Con Canon, tu puedes’ works almost as ‘You can with Canon’, the ‘con’ and the ‘Canon’ resonating in a similar way to ‘can’ and ‘Canon’. Not all advertising slogans translate so well, though, and on occasion the marketing whizzes have screwed up big time. You would not, perhaps, expect a Spanish drinks manufacturer in the 1950s […]

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