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Brodie, brodi, brodo
Friday, July 01, 2016



Roberto Baschetti reading Borges in the Buenos Aires Zoo, April 2016


Argentines living in the Southern Hemisphere seem to do things differently or backwards.

I have the memory as a child of going for dinner at the house of my parent’s friends and being offered soup at the end of the meal. The rationale so I was told years later is that if the soup is very well made there will be room for it after a big meal.

In Spanish, not only Argentine Spanish, Argentines are argentinos and July is julio and Monday is lunes. That’s  not just the way it is but because it's is a rule established by the Real Academia Española.

I have never known why the Índice (Index) is always at the end of Argentine books. The titles of books including novels only capitalize the first letter of the first word in the title. The same applies to the names of the stories in a collection of shorts stories. In the index (at the end of the book) the same ‘rule’ applies.

Since I could no longer bear not knowing this I fired off an email to my friend Roberto Baschetti, a scholar who works at the Biblioteca Nacional Argentina.  

 His answer, his reference to brodi was my mention of having read last night Borges’s El informe de Brodie, (I will first include it here in Spanish) is most unscholarly:

por empezar brodi vendría a ser un caldo magro ya que el verdadero caldo fuerte en italiano se llama brodo

la mayúscula-minúscula va solo en la primera palabra porque el argentino por naturaleza es vago y hacerlo como vos decís genera un esfuerzo extra.  O sea: ¡¡¡ufa che... no jodás !!! te contestarían.

a mi el índice me gusta más adelante no solo porque lo veo primero, sino porque otros me dijeron que por atrás es muy doloroso...................

je !!!!!

abrazo. r.b

Which loosely translates to:

to begin brodi would end up being a very thin broth since the real strong and thick Italian one is brodo.

the lowercase-uppercase applies only to the first letter because the Argentine, by nature is lazy, and to write it as you suggest would generate an extra effort. Or they would answer: uffa, che…don’t  screw me around…!!!

i like the index in the beginning not only because I see it first, but others have told me that in back (behind) it hurts…

So I will never know.



     

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