**This post was “Freshly Pressed” on November 18, 2010.
Chile’s alternative news weekly, The Clinic (firme al pueblo, por supuesto) is a master at attention-grabbing and deliciously irreverent headlines that require a very good understanding not only of Chilean Spanish, but of Chile’s current events. If you’re a foreigner here in Chile, make a point of regularly checking out the covers at your local newsstand—and give yourself a big pat on the back if you get the headlines—it’s a sure sign you’re making progress on your cultural and linguistic Chilensis.
English humor seems to be more language-based than Spanish is. A lot is based on puns, which aren’t very frequent in Spanish, but they do come up from time to time, and The Clinic is one of the best sources for finding them. I spotted this cover a couple of weeks ago and couldn’t resist a giggle.
“Todos se Agararran a la Mina,” which literally means “Everyone Grabbed the Mine.” Yeah….? And you see a picture of a bunch of guys running after a flashy curvy woman… Okayyyy…?
What? Don’t get it?
Chilean Culture quiz time:
Language first: “mina” certainly means “mine,” but it also means “hot young woman.” Getting it now? They guys running after the woman? Not so funny? Remember that this was right after the whole rescue-the-miners bit, when a lot of people were criticized for getting in on the game and taking a piece of the action!
Yeah, yeah, I know… jokes are never as funny when they have to be explained…
Then there’s the who’s who in Chile quiz. Who are all those guys whose faces have obviously been intentionally sloppily Photoshopped onto marathon-running bodies? Take a closer look.
How many of these figures can you identify? I come up with 8 of the 10.
Hint: Most (All?) were criticized in one way or another during the Rescue Efforts…