Once again in this new horrifying reality show called the Donald Trump White House we encounter a term not often heard, and rarely utilized (at least not to their face) when speaking of and to a U.S. President: ‘Dotard’. So there is a demand (ok well actually only 2 people asked) how to say and appropriately utilize the term ‘dotard’ in Spanish.
Why the interest in ‘Dotard’
Well none other than the illustriously over-stuffed cuckoo bird ruling North Korea, Kim Jong Un (and please no requests on how to translate the name, suffice it to say LOCO is the most appropriate translation) uttered the term in his wars of words with President Trump. A war of words that has the potential to lead to War of the Worlds.
Kim Jong Un, lovingly now known as the ‘Rocket Man’, was on fire (no pun intended) after hearing Trump’s latest threats as stated in his recent UN speech. It went down something like this:
“A frightened dog barks louder.”
“…obviously a madman who doesn’t mind starving or killing….”
“I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire.”
ROCKET MAN (He gets the last word since he is crazier than the other crazy)
[Trump] “Gangster fond of playing with fire.”
And please no complaints no one can make this stuff up – and I did not copy the verbiage from a mid-century street kids fight. But I digress - on to the task of defining ‘dotard’ in Spanish. Much like in the U.S. ‘dotard’ is not an often used Spanish term and considered somewhat arcane. And like its application here by the Rocket Man it is not a term of endearment like viejito (little old man).
Dotard in Spanish translates to ‘Viejo chocho’.
The English definition according to the Oxford Dictionary is “an old person, especially one who has become weak or senile.” A term that implies age has won the day and owns your demise. Whereas in Spanish when the term ‘Viego chocho’ is used it means you just PLAIN O’ CRAZY and not necessarily because you are old. Ouch. To make matters worse ‘chocho’ when translated back to English - Urban Dictionary English (never to be confused with the upper crust Oxford Dictionary) means pussy. Chocho It is also a slang world in Spain for vagina.
So basically our president (if we apply the laws of Spanglish) was called in public to a international audience: Old, Pussy, Senile, Vagina or Senile Pussy with an Old Vagina???
To lightened the mood and prepare ourselves for a nuclear war listen to the beautiful sounds of the late, great Colombian musician Alfonso Cordoba the original ‘Viejo Choco’ a piece called ‘El Brujo y su Timba’ – translation “A Sorcerer and His Games” – how appropriate.
Estelle Gonzales Walgreen
Estelle Gonzales Walgreen is a first generation Mexican-American and entrepreneur of convenience enjoying the next phase of her quixotic life-journey fulfilling a dream to write in order to make people laugh sideways and avoid institutionalization. Most recently Estelle co-founded HS-News serving as its Editor-in-Chief since no one else applied. She cries when mistaken for Jessica Alba her reptilian manicurist and smiles when engaging in taco politics.