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Re: [BKARTS] strange typo in recent books from Latin America



Linde,
Not a typo, not an autocorrection. It has become a way to denote both genders, without having to say "amigos y amigas" when both sexes are present. Amig@s means both genders at once: the@ symbolizing both A and O. You will see señor@s as well, for example, and so on. If you have a group of 10 people, 9 are women and one is a man, then the gender of the word that refers to them automatically switches to masculine. ("One bad apple ruins the whole bin" my Spanish teacher used to say.) Traditionally in Spanish you would just use the masculine word, amigos. Even if 9 of the amigos were actually amigas. So, instead of deferring to such a masculine concept, women especially have begun to use the symbol @ to include both genders when the word is written out.
I'm trying to describe this with a two year old who wants to type an answer at the same time, so hopefully this is somewhat coherent...
Saludos a todos,
Alex Appella
www.transientbooks.com
Sierras de Córdoba, Argentina


----- Original Message ----- From: "Linde Brocato" <linde.brocato@xxxxxxxxx>
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Subject: [BKARTS] strange typo in recent books from Latin America



Colleagues on the list:

Has anybody else noticed that "a" is turning up as "@" in recent books from
Latin America?


Example: "los grupos de amig@s" "L@s amig@s"

Is it autocorrecting in some electronic publishing package run amok?

Linde Brocato

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