The Bolivarian Revolution has now declared war to … the English language.
By presidential mandate, Venezuelans are now being asked to avoid the use of English-language business and tech words. Included in the Spanish-only campaign are: staff, marketing, passwords, mouse, meeting. So from now on, when in Venezuela, please stick to personal, mercadeo, contraseña, ratón and reunión.
A massive campaign launched this week by CANTV is exhorting Venezuelans to “Say it in Spanish. Say it with pride.” (In Spanish, of course)
And in case you are wondering what I think about the whole thing: I think Chávez is not crazy. He’s just muy loco!