las vértebras enormes de los Andes

Cordillera de los Andes between Mendoza, Argentina and Santiago, Chile (x) In my country we have a long tradition of running west. The slight problem with this is that there is always more west to run to, and so we stretch our maps. We have a hunger for big sky and rocky grandeur. But thenContinue reading “las vértebras enormes de los Andes”

today in language is never just grammar

1. In Quechua there is no naturally occurring word for “to have, to possess,” so when the Spanish came and introduced money, they had to mangle their word for “to be” into a possessive. DO YOU EVER METAPHOR SO HARD 2. There is a specific word in Quechua for men with large beards (chhapu), whichContinue reading “today in language is never just grammar”