Nur al-Cubicle

A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press. Daily timeline of events in Iraq as collected from stories and dispatches in the French and Italian media: Le Monde (Paris), Il Corriere della Sera (Milan), La Repubblica (Rome), L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut) and occasionally from El Mundo (Madrid).

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Condi Liar

This has been bothering me for ages about Coldoleezza Rice and I have to repeat it. Con Dolcezza doesn't exist as a musical mode. You can play it Dolce, you can play it Dolcissima, but Con Dolcezza is fantasy.

The discombobulated choice of Condoleezza made by her parents approximates condoglianza or condolence. Condoleezza even lies about the origin of her name.

Yeah, and I'm sad too.


Blogger The Liberal Avenger said...

What does she say about her name?

"My mommy named me Condoleeza because I am so sweet" ?

You would have loved my hack translation of La mia Verita which I was thankfully able to discard once the professionals came on the scene.

"We were driving a piano..."

7:14 AM  
Blogger Nur-al-Cubicle said...

You are right to ask, L-A. I can't seem to google a quote from Dr. Rice herself but the tom-toms of justification beat out this:

Her name Condoleezza comes from the Italian musical notation “con dulce” or “con dolcezza,” meaning to play “with sweetness.”This precise sentence is all over the place. Kinda creepy, like in Costa-Gavras film, "Z", when all the suspects in a political murder use the same phrase (I think it was 'lithe as a jaguar')in their depositions.

7:42 AM  
Blogger The Liberal Avenger said...

Z is one of my faves, although I don't remember the phrase offhand. I have it on DVD and recently placed it in the pile of "movies to watch again soon." I am a big fan of sort of gritty, colorful Euro 60s/70s fare.

Mi favorita? Fellini's Roma.

9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arriving to this late...I am an amateur musician who has read most of the major chamber music literature, and I have never seen "con dolcezza" anywhere. It's not in my music dictionary, although dolce and dolcissima are.

A recent bio of Condi (by Elizabeth Bumiller? not sure) says that her parents wanted to name her "Allegra," from the tempo marking "Allegro." They decided against it because Allegro means "fast" and they didn't want her to get teased. So they settled on Condolcezza. But they were wrong - "Allegro" actually means "happy"; "presto" means fast.

So like so much else, even her name is based on a lie.

And what is it with Southern black girls' names getting mangled? Condolcezza comes out as Condoleezza, Orpah comes out Oprah (as in Winfrey). What gives?

8:37 AM  

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