Yes, yes, I know that descolgado isn´t exactly a major lexical revelation to most people who have been learning Spanish for a while. We´ve all left the phone off the hook – or we did when phones had hooks.
No, my Word of the Week and the one I´ll be monkey-wrenching into conversations for at least seven days is an “old” word in what, for me, is a new context.
Picture it. I´m at the pool in my faded, nine-year old, fushcia, fuchia, fuck ….. pink bikini. (Actually, don´t picture it. Only Wes Craven is fully-qualified for that).
Anyway, I was having an intimate chat by the pool with one of my favourite neighbours. We´ve lived up the same “close” for ten years but I don´t know her name and she doesn´t know what country I´m from.
¡Qué grande está tu hija!, the affable lady exclaimed, as she always does when she coincides with Malassie who at this point was sitting on the grass. The last time they coincided Malassie had let me put a sticky-out dress on her.
A while back.
Mija, drawing daggers at the two, dithery old fogies perusing her, one of them her Mum, is on the edge of that very Spanish phenomenon, the pandilla.
You´ll know by now that, contrary to appearances, this term has nothing to do with young, Asian bears but is a group of noisy, rude, gesticulating, cursing, acting-like-I´m-Justin Bieber/Shakira, twelve year old boys and girls flirting unashamedly in a public place.
Since talking about one´s kids is the número uno topic for women here, I launched into an explanation as to why Malassie was perched prettily and rather primly on the outside edge of the towel-strewn, ten-strong pandilla settlement.
Well, she´s got a couple of good pals at school but they don´t seem to want to come to the pool orthehouseordoanythingandsoI´mtryingtogethertomakenewfriends…..
Bloody hell! So difficult to explain that Malassie´s school pals are unavailable, for reasons unknown, over the summer so she needs new ones.
But my neighbour, older, wiser, nicer and rather more (totally) Spanish than me said,
“Se ha quedado descolgada.”
SHE´S BEEN LEFT HANGING!
She has, she has (barely stifled sob)! That´s exactly what´s happened. Thank you, native speaker!
But by now Malassie´s edging her way into the pandilla, not an easy endeavour for a shy girl. Fortunately, there´s a nice girl who´s amazed that Malassie´s bilingual and a hot boy ……
….. so, she won´t be descolgada for long.
And now I really have to start worrying about her being colgada ….
That truly IS horrific!