Re: [Olympia-Spanish-Conversation-Meetup] What is a malabarista

From: Marilyn
Sent on: Monday, February 17, 2014 1:07 PM
¡Pobre Pablo! Aquí está suficiente calor, ochenta y seis. 

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On Feb 17, 2014, at 9:07 AM, Paul C <[address removed]> wrote:

Well it's 16 degrees this morning in NYC and thank goodness I found a BuenaBarista.
She was juggling several customers with ease so malabarista, though linquistically correct, did not fit my mental picture for this word.  I've got to start thinking of the Malabar Coast with jugglers running around testing the gods of gravity.
And thanks for the spelling corrections.  I knew etomology wasn't right but tried an "i"  which also failed -- forgot about the "y".  Jugando malabarismos with these letters can get confusing.<4F4.gif>
Pablo ;-)


On Sun, Feb 16, 2014 at 10:54 PM, Chris Marquardt <[address removed]> wrote:
The DRAE mentions this:
juegos malabares.

1. m. pl. Ejercicios de agilidad y destreza que se practican generalmente como espectáculo, manteniendo diversos objetos en equilibrio inestable, lanzándolos a lo alto y recogiéndolos, etc.

2. m. pl. Combinaciones artificiosas de conceptos con que se pretende deslumbrar al público.


Wikipedia suggests the etymology of malabarismo is "Malabar + -ismo" and of malabarista "Malabar + -ista". 


Perhaps the Spanish, or more likely the Portuguese, encountered lots of jugglers and juggling when they would go ashore along the Malabar Coast.


On Feb 16, 2014, at 7:07 PM, Paul C <[address removed]> wrote:

With more digging,
Hacer malabarismos  and  hacer malabares  are given as definitions for juggle

Then lengua de Malabar  is mentioned a the language spoken in Malabar, likely referencing a region in India so the etomology may be to speak the Malabar language which sounds complex like a juggling act.  Something akin to "It's all Greek to me."


On Sun, Feb 16, 2014 at 8:50 PM, Chris Marquardt <[address removed]> wrote:
It's "malabarismo" (no second "i"), but it is a good joke! :  ) Maybe we could each look for similar "definitions" for Spanish words to bring and share at meetings. One I like is "disfrutar" = "to take away all the fruit". 

I am sure everyone has at least one of these they have encountered in their Spanish studies.

Chris

On Feb 16, 2014, at 6:29 PM, Paul C <[address removed]> wrote:

Is a malabarista one who serves a bad latte?

I could find some interesting graphic for that but it turns out that's the wrong image.  Instead, think of a juggler tossing several balls or torches or pins.  I was writing to a friend in Mexico yesterday saying I was in the midst of juggling several projects, and came across this quirky term trying to express the idea in Spanish.  The only verb I could find in Spanish was "hacer el malabarisimo" If any of you native speakers have another, please let me know.  Also, I could find no etomology or any related words that would help me remember.

Perhaps the image I should look for is a barista juggling lattes  as she lets one get away  ????

Paul





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