Alborotarse – My Spansh Word of the Day 11/22/2015

¡Hola Spanish Language Lovers!

My Spanish word of the day is alborotarse.  It means to get upset, to get angry, to get unruly.  I discovered alborotarse while watching my favorite Spanish television show – Seis Hermanas.  The story about the six sisters, las hermanas Silva, takes place in Madrid in 1913.  Celia Silva is a suffragette who has just written an opinion piece in the local newspaper in favor of creating a law giving women the right to vote.  A group of angry anti-suffragettes have gathered outside of the Silva home to protest.  Celia’s sister, Diana, talks with her close friend, Salvador, about the degree of anger and violence some of her family has experienced as they come and go from their home.  Salvador responds:

 “El voto es un tema para el que no estamos preparados.  Los cambios cuestan y la gente se alborota por nada.”

(Voting rights for women is something that we are not ready for.  Change is difficult and people get upset/get angry/get unruly over little things.) (My Translation)

Click here to see a 4 minute video  from Seis Hermanas where Celia reads to her sisters what she has written.  Francisca’s husband, Luis, objects.

The Suffragette Movement is currently in the news due to the release of the film Suffragette staring Carey Mulligan.  This film tells a story about the militant phase of the movement. I am willing to bet that many people in 2015 are unaware of the violence perpetrated by the suffragettes in order to get attention in order to accomplish their goal of obtaining voting rights for women.

Suffragette poster.jpg

Of course, violence is on my mind a lot this week due to all that has that has happened in Paris and Mali.  My heart goes out to all of those affected by these terrible tragedies.

As I write this I am reminded of some of the lyrics from the song Imagine.

Imagine there’s no countries

It isn’t hard to do

Nothing to kill or die for

And no religion too

Imagine all the people

Living life in peace.

John Lennon, Plastic Ono Band

¡Que pasen un buen día!

¡Hasta pronto!

“Suffragette poster” by Source. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia –

“Strawberry Fields Forever” by Damzow (talk) – Own work. Licensed under GFDL via Commons –

“Seis Hermanas”


One thought on “Alborotarse – My Spansh Word of the Day 11/22/2015

  1. At a time when the word “feminist” has taken on similar pejorative connotations, and Hollywood continues to shortchange women everywhere from the director’s chair to star salaries, the film is a reminder of both how far equality has come and that the battle continues.


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