Originally Posted by Meritorious-MasoMenos
Thank you. That's very clear.
Isla Verde, I don't agree with what the Argentine said, but he's a proud wordsmith of Spanish, his version anyway, and Gary's explanation does provide background for his "barbaric" concept, something no educated Argentine would say.
On several occassion when I found myself in groups of various Latin American military personnel, they almost always found their way into an argument on where Spanish was spoken better or more correctly outside of Spain. Of course the Argentines & Chilenos were "strong" advocates for their ways of speaking Spanish, with the Colombianos following up in a close second.
My reply was to remind the group that Spanish in this hemisphere was first spoken in Mexico - "...y de allá se fue pa' abajo, todo, hasta llegar a Argentina al sur."
It was a great ice-breaker and a way to stick my claim in there on behalf of good ol' Mexico!