February 21, 2006

ningunear

From Spanish to English

Immediately coming to my mind is the Spanish (Mexican, really) word "ningunear".

In English, this verb means something like

"to render someone into a no one"

The noun form "ninguneo" means something like "a no-bodying of someone"

Approximate terms in English like "to snub" or "to ignore" are nowhere near as strong in their implications.

Dr. John M. Bennett
Rare Books & MSS Library
The Ohio State University
"No words are translatable. All words are transductible."

Posted by dwaber at February 21, 2006 01:42 PM