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From Conqueror to Conquered - The Wordsmith's Forge
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From Conqueror to Conquered
I'm looking at the Spanish word conquistador,  which means "conqueror," and wondering if it has an opposite meaning "conquered one," or if there is some other similar-sounding word that means "hapless victim," or something that would portmanteau smartly with the original.  I wrote a poem in the April 2 fishbowl, "Todo lo que Brilla,"  that's picking on the conquistadores  again.  Then a reader question led to a sequel, "En Boca del Mentiroso."  So I'm going to need a series title, and I'd like it in Spanish.  Any ideas?

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msminlr From: msminlr Date: April 5th, 2013 03:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 6th, 2013 05:59 am (UTC) (Link)


I'm thinking of Los Conquistados.
mount_oregano From: mount_oregano Date: April 5th, 2013 07:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Conquistado or conquistada is "conquered." Conquistable is "susceptible to being conquered" and "inconquistable" is someone or something that can't be conquered. Conquista is "conquest." A conquistador (female: conquistadora) can be someone who has military triumphs but it can also be someone who has amatory triumphs, like Casanova or Don Juan.
filkferengi From: filkferengi Date: April 12th, 2013 06:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
A colloquial version would be "Conquistao"; you might use the "ow" ending to emphasize the pain inflicted.
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