Friday, December 20, 2013

New Maps of Hell

I've been walking by the same light blue house for the past year and a half. When it went for sale about three months ago, I stopped to read the sign next to it: three bedrooms, two bathrooms, back yard. It was also Philip K. Dick's childhood house. Fancy that. There was a big tree on the front yard covering most of the windows.

The light blue house with white wooden doors was sold two weeks ago. Last night, the tree was gone. The lights, inside, were on.

The house was bigger than I thought. 

Syllabification: (dys·to·pi·a) 
Pronunciation: /disˈtōpēə/ 

  • an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one. Compare with utopia. 
    Origin: late 18th century: from dys- 'bad' + utopia

Es difícil pensar en la distopia. "La palabra distopia no está registrada en el Diccionario. La que se muestra a continuación tiene formas con una escritura cercana: 

(Del gr. δυστοκία, de δύστοκος, mal parto).
1. f. Med. Parto laborioso o difícil."

That explains it all. 
Spanish dystopia is really a distocia.  
Specially relevant today.