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November 9, 2009

Lit word of the day: Pundonor

Pundonor is the Spanish notion of honor and Hemingway saw it in the bullfighter.

In writing about Death in the Afternoon, Hemingway talks about the concept of Pundonor:

“Bullfighting is the only art in which the artist is in danger of death and in which the degree of brilliance in the performance is left to the fighter’s honor. In Spain honor is a very real thing. Called pundonor, it means honor, probity, courage, self respect, and pride in one word”

That’s a lot of work for one word.

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