The Challenge of WordsMonday, November 06, 2017
|Don Tirso de Irureta Goyena
While watching the last few minutes of Chris Hayes on MSNBC and the first few minutes of the Rachel Maddow show, Hayes used the expression casus belli and Maddow interregnum. I knew instantly what those expressions from Latin meant, not a priori but a posteriori.
Much is said these days how journalism has been stultified. I am happy to see that the prediction of an end of days for words has been not entirely correct.
For me my venture into knowledge of words paradoxically came when I taught high school in Mexico City. I wrote about it here and here. Since then I can thank reading as having helped me along to increase my vocabulary.
My Rebecca who is now 20 and is living through a not too good post teen existence always asked me the meaning of any word I might have used that she did not immediately understand. She had this curiosity that excited me and I constantly would bring up not usual words knowing she would ask.
I hope that when her issues are resolved that this curiosity for the meaning of words will come back.
My grandfather Don Tirso de Irureta Goyena was a member (one of a very few) of the Real Academia Española who was from the Philippines.
When I was a young boy his wife, my grandmother Lolita,