Have you ever had to “parquear” your car?
This word, used as a replacement for “parking” by many Spanish speakers here in the U.S., is just one of several words that are included in the new Spanish stylebook by The Associated Press – known as the Manual de Estilo Online de la AP (a mouthful, yes).
According to HuffPost Latino Voices, the new manual serves as a guide for Spanish-language journalists, editors and scholars of the Romance language.
A group of well-known writers and journalists were set to meet with AP editors Monday to discuss Spanish language usage such as “vermu” (wine that’s needed for stirring up a martini or Manhattan cocktail) and “cederron,” which is obviously the word for a CD-ROM. Go ahead, sound it out loud.
The panel, which included El Milenio newspaper columnist Carlos Puig and journalist Rossana Fuentes, gathered for the Latin America launch of the new tool.
Marjorie Miller, who is the AP editor for Latin America and the Caribbean and the Spanish Service, said the new Spanish stylebook is for “language lovers” and described the manual as a “fascinating window into the evolution of modern, universal Spanish.” Fascinating, indeed; we can’t wait to crack this baby open for ourselves and study what’s in it.
Props for the book was also recently given by Isaac Lee, who heads news at Univision. At the stylebook’s U.S. launch last month at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Lee described the new stylebook as “an incredible gift” and an “immense help for all of us who practice journalism in Spanish in the region.”
According to HuffPost Latino Voices, AP editors say the new stylebook aims to unify standards for that language in order to improve communication among its speakers worldwide. An estimated 450 million people globally speak español.
Another word featured in the AP Spanish stylebook is “nocaut” – which is used to described a “knockout” in the boxing sport.
And we didn’t forget the golden nugget - “sandwich.” We think we could safely say that before we could utter the word ourselves, our Latino parents have called one of America's favorite snacks a “sandwich.” Glad to see it's officially been accepted in Spanish.
Now, go make us a sandwich.