This just in: Jon Stewart, the host of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, thinks that the Spanish word for “man” is “mano”. Really, Jon? Mano? Really?
At 7:55 into the clip below, from the August 8 2011 broadcast, Jon addresses the Isle of Man, “Can I talk to you — mano y Isle of Mano?” Of course the phrase he’s looking for is “mano a mano” (not “mano y mano”). As in the sentence, “The two bitter enemies will be fighting without fanfare or distraction; it will be just the two opponents mano a mano“. But of course “mano a mano” is Spanish for “hand to hand”. Not “man to man”. Yes, you heard the news here first: The Spanish word for “hand” is “mano” and the Spanish word for “man” is “hombre.”
Jon, meet me at camera three. Hey Jon, what’s up? Can I talk to you — hombre a hombre? How can I help you to stop misusing this Spanish phrase? Would it help you if I told you that the Spanish word for hand – mano – comes from the Latin word manuāle, which is the basis for our English word “manual”? As in “manual labor”, or “hand labor.” Would it help you if I told you that the Spanish word hombre comes from the Latin word hominem or homo? As in, the video clip you showed from Man Island — or… Homo Island? Uh-huh… yeah, now I see some flicker of recognition in your eye. Yeah, dude. Or is that just…? Or… Oh, nevermind. Back to camera one.
I’ve noticed Jon mangle this mano a mano phrase several times before on the show and it has always irked me, but I couldn’t do anything about it. Now that I have a blog on the internets, my painstakingly crafted criticism can be ignored by millions!
Oh Jon, I love you and I love The Daily Show. I watch the show every night. It is my favorite fake news show on late night basic cable. Except for The Colbert Report. But will you stop butchering the Spanish language? Por favor? It makes you look just a little bit — how you say? — stupido. Ok? Gracias.