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Created by John Eipper on 09/22/19 5:00 AM

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Benvinguda to Barbara Molas (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 09/22/19 5:00 am)

My "benvinguda/bienvenida" to our new colleague, Bàrbara Molas!

JE comments:  Moltes gràcies, Eugenio!  (I looked up the Catalan equivalent of Eugenio, and what I got was shocking:  Eugenio.)

Among the languages spoken by WAISers, Catalan-Valencian-Balear must be in the top five.  Enrique Torner, Bàrbara Molas, Sir Paul Preston, José Manuel de Prada, and of course Jordi Molins.  I presume cunyats Hank Levin and Nacho Soler are quite conversant as well.  Who have I overlooked?

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  • A World of Eugenes (Paul Preston, UK 09/23/19 4:02 AM)

    Eugenio en català es diu Eugeni.

    JE comments:  It's an honor to give Paul Preston the honor of the first-ever WAIS post in Catalan!  I never learned the language, but I think Sir Paul is telling me I'm wrong (!):  if you're a Eugene in Catalonia, you're known as Eugeni.

    Those of us who make our living from Castilian have a simple rule:  remove the final letter from Spanish and you get Catalan.  Thus Eugeni makes perfect sense.  I should hav know bette.

    "Eugeni" is almost identical to the Russian Evgenii.  My Polish father-in-law is another Eugene:  Eugeniusz.

    Eugenes of the World, unite!  You must be alarmed by the declining popularity of your fine name, especially in the US.  I haven't had a student named Eugene/Gene/Eugenie in 20 years.

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    • Illustrious Eugenes: Eugenio Jofra Bafalluy (Enrique Torner, USA 09/23/19 10:10 AM)
      There was a famous "Eugeni" in Catalonia: Eugenio Jofra Bafalluy (1941-2001). He was the most famous humourist in Catalan history, and his jokes were told on television and radio, and retold by millions. To everybody in Catalonia, he was "Eugeni." He died young of a heart attack, I just found out. That is sad. He made everybody in Spain laugh. He was almost as famous as the king of Spain. In his honor, here is a link to ten of his best jokes:


      They will challenge whoever doesn't speak Spanish, but I challenge our WAIS readers and writers. I will translate two for you:

      A person knocked at a fortune-teller's door. "Who's there," answered the person behind the door. "Good grief! What a horrible fortune-teller!"

      This guy goes to an IRS building and reaches the reception desk. He asks: "Is it here where one comes to declare?" "Yes," answers the lady. "Well, here it goes: I have fallen in love with you. And I can't live any longer, girl, if I don't get you to love me back."

      JE comments:  Here's another:  "Where are you going?"  "Out to get some manure for the strawberries."  "Gosh [actually a much stronger oath in Spanish], wouldn't it be better to eat them with cream?"

      Gotta love a manure joke!  Enrique, did Jofra Bafalluy do his stand-up in Catalan, as well as Castilian?



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