On this occasion, we share a post about the updates announced by the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language (RAE). As every year, the SAR makes a dent in the language to new words rather than accepted in the colloquial language.
As teachers of Spanish we must keep up to date with these modifications to make them known to our students in the classes. Therefore, our Spanish teacher training courses for natives and non-natives are up to date.
In iNMSOL we have already introduced these new updates of the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language in its contents. Likewise, we put them into practice in the activities we carry out both in our Center and in Granada.
What are the updates announced by the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language?
Spanish is a living language and, as such, evolves adapting to the times and social currents. Consequently, this creates communication needs. And, with that, the introduction of words in tune with the way of being and expressing oneself of today’s society.
Based on this, on November 8, at the XVI ASALE Congress, the SAR announced the more than 1100 modifications that will be presented by the 23rd edition of the Spanish Language Dictionary (DLE).
La Rae, in this edition, will introduce 229 new articles. He considers that these are not ephemeral words and that they are sufficiently documented to be introduced.
Some of the new updates of the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language include some such as ’anti-bullfighting’, ‘zasca’, ‘brunch’ and / or ‘casoplon’. New voices that enter the text for the first time.
Zasca, stiff, messenger or arboricide, some of the new words of the RAE
As we said, the RAE has presented this November 8, 2019 the updates of the dictionary of the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language. The most striking are undoubtedly the 88 new meanings of existing terms and the 229 amendments.
- Casoplón: large and luxurious house.
- Brunch: food taken at mid-morning to replace breakfast and lunch at noon.
- Border: edge quality (impertinent, unfriendly or ill-intentioned).
- Zasca: sharp response, click, chatter.
- Sieso: said of an unpleasant, unfriendly, unpleasant person.
- Beatlemania: fans accused of the music and aesthetics of the Beatles.
- Messaging: communicate through written messages through a cell phone.
- Arboricide: which denounces the damage to nature.
- Muesli: food made with a mixture of cereals, nuts and other ingredients.
- Pan-Hispanic: belonging or relative to all Hispanic countries (Spanish-speaking).
It also highlights the amendment (284 in total) to the meaning that affects the word ‘homeopathy’. It ceases to be a “healing system” to be defined as a “practice” from now on.
Other words that are added are ‘casteller’, ‘brioche’, m birthday ’, test’, ‘penthouse’ (attic), ‘annus horribilis’, ‘schedule’ or ‘androxy’ (as an adjective).
There are also changes in the etymology of some words, as is the case with the word ‘etarra’. It was attributed to the Basque Country when ‘it is an outside formation’ of this region.
As for the additions of meaning (88), the most prominent is that of ‘apply’ in the sense of ‘submitting an official request for something’. Or that of the word ‘sieso’, another word of use in Spain that applies from now on to people defined as ‘unpleasant, unfriendly or unsavory’.