Sunday, August 28, 2011

vanishing point

vanishing point: punto de fuga

see Derek Gregory's fantastic chapter on “Vanishing points” in Violent Geographies: Fear, Terror, and Political Violence (2007): 205–236.

Friday, August 19, 2011

personas notorias

well known - not notorious!

This is not particularly a social movement term, but I have herd it rendered with the false cognate several times by volunteer inexperienced interpreters and in a social movement context it can easily take a conversation down an unfortunate track.

Saturday, August 13, 2011


burnout: sindrome del quemado

(what August vacations are good for)

Wikipedia en espaƱol lo tiene como sindrome del burnout but that seems like needless Spanglish to me - she says in Spanglish.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

vereda (Colombia)

It's true - I'm obsessed with this term. I said I would stop blogging different options for it but I just can't resist - in Bettina Ng'weno's great book Turf Wars: Territory and Citizenship in the Contemporary State (Stanford, Calif: Stanford University Press, 2007) she renders it as "smallest administrative unit" (p. 115). Not a term that trips off the tongue like 'hamlet,' but nice and clear.