Tour of Babel

Tour of Babel

Tour of Babel is a regular Popula column, in which we translate the world’s words that can’t be translated, the phrases and expressions that don’t travel (but that also, it turns out, do).

Tour of Babel: qualunquismo

“I am the one who does not believe in anything or anyone any more. I am the common man.”

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Walalo Citizenship and Kenyan Citizenship are Entirely Different

When people ask if I’m Walalo, I never know what to say because it doesn’t sound like something I should own.

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In defense of wenqing (文青)

It strikes me as sad that some haven’t seen what should be obvious.

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Pole

It took me ten years to learn how to write about my father, about his life and death, about how I was still learning to live without him. I am still learning.

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Cheeky

This is the problem with cheeky, where you can’t see it as innocent: it’s so cheeky you don’t take it seriously.

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Lackeys of capital

They are all fools and nou-choi in a sense; none of them have the sense to confront the master.

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The Heart of the Wise Is in the House of Mourning

The most Jewish emotion, Naches, belongs in the language of exile.

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Pork Trimmings

Choriplaneros and the New Right

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Mamata

The news from Brazil: a mamata vai acabar.