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Question and Answer
It’s Always in the Last Place You Look
“ ‘Missing’ Singaporean Woman Says She Travelled to Romania to Look for Internet Boyfriend”—headline, Straits Times, Feb. 3
A press release announcing the latest Quinnipiac poll includes this quote from assistant director Tim Malloy:
“But that’s not the whole story nine months before Election Day. In mano a mano, or mano a womano, face-offs with all contenders, Sanders and Rubio would be the candidates left standing,” Malloy added.
The word mano does not mean “man”; it means “hand.” Moreover, while it is gendered, as are all Spanish nouns, it is feminine, an exception to the usual rule that nouns ending in “o” are masculine. So if Malloy really wanted to use a bilingual politically correct portmanteau, he should have said “manmano a manmano, or manmano a mano face-offs.”
As to why anyone would want to say or write such nonsense, we can only shrug our hombros.
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