February 21, 2006


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