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A Brief Dictionary of Cuban Newspeak / Regina Coyula
Posted on March 13, 2014

Production — that is true production — this country does not produce,
but in the matter of being creative with language, we are champions.
Psychologists are at the head of the invention of words, as if our
language were sparing of synonyms. The bureaucracy cannot be more
creative with abbreviations, but the press, the press has specialized in
euphemisms. I invite you to add words to this incipient list.

Newspeak / real meaning

jinetera (jocky) = female prostitute

pinguero (penis provider) = male prostitute

to struggle = to steal

diversion of resources = embezzlement

missing = misappropriation

extractions = evictions

physical disappearance = important death

self-employed = private worker

factors = participants

internationalism = Cuban participation in other countries’ issues

interference = foreign countries’ participation in other countries’ issues

temporary facilities = ¿?

semi- = truck used to carry passengers

modernization = leave me alone and go play somewhere else

Translated by mlk.

11 March 2014

Source: A Brief Dictionary of Cuban Newspeak / Regina Coyula |
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