That’s Espéranto To You, Jackass

I just listened to an interview with Libertas founder and international man of mystery Declan Ganley on the farcical right-wing Spanish TV show Más Se Perdió en Cuba. OK, I didn’t listen to it, I listened to it for about 5 seconds. The interesting thing for this non-native speaker is the pronunciation of Libertas by the interpreter.

The word ‘Libertas’ means ‘liberty’ or ‘freedom’ in Latin. As such, it is a cognate of the Spanish word ‘libertad’. Now, I would have expected ‘Libertas’ in Spanish to be pronounced similarly to ‘libertad’, that is, with the stress on the final syllable: libertás. Or perhaps, taking into account its origins in the Anglosphere, líbertas, with the stress on the first syllable. Curiously, the stress is on the middle syllable: libértas. To my ears it sounds ridiculous. But for all I know it may well be how the Latin word was pronounced back in the days when Latin was the language of the Iberian peninsula. Anyway, given the gravitas with which Libertas pronounces its pan-Europeanism, I would have expected some degree of unitas in finding a common pronunciation for its name.

Anyway, here’s the second part of the interview. Knock yourself out.

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2 Responses to “That’s Espéranto To You, Jackass”


  1. 1 EWI April 21, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    So, anything of interest, other than Ganley’s usual parade of strawmen, red herrings and what Yanks call “Mom and apple pie”?

  2. 2 Hugh Green April 22, 2009 at 6:31 am

    To be honest I got bored. He was talking about some stats on how eight billion laws passed in Madrid in fact come from Brussels. The Mom and apple pie stuff was laid on thick at the start. The presenter basically presented him as a cross between Richard Branson and Gary Cooper in High Noon.


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