Arnulfo Is a Real Name of Someone Who Speaks Spanish
Okay, so this is a two part story. From about sixth grade to senior year of high school, I had Spanish class every year. My friend Peter was there for most of it. At one point in what I believe was middle school (I probably should have consulted Peter’s encyclopedic memory here; feel free to correct my story in the comments) there was an exercise in our text books that featured a person named Arnulfo. We were floored by this, as most Spanish names have very obvious English equivalents (Maria>Mary) and we had no fucking idea what was going on with Arnulfo; it sounded ridiculous. I don’t believe it ever popped up in our study of the Spanish language ever again.
Fast forward to senior year of high school; we’re still taking Spanish. We have Doc, who is a great teacher because her methods are traditional and intensive. Doc loves Spain and has done extensive research there — searching for forgotten ballads and oral histories. We ask her, what does “Arnulfo” mean? “No educated speakers of Spanish would ever name a son that,” said Doc. “Maybe some poor Latin Americans would.” Doc could give a rat’s ass about Latin America. Fast forward again, to yesterday.
I’m a junior in college, and I don’t take Spanish anymore; I actually take Italian because I’m going to Rome. But my girlfriend just moved to a neighborhood where a lot of Salvadorans and Central Americans live. She’s not at all Latino, but people address her in Spanish as she walks down the street. (The fact that people talk to each other on the street at all blows me away!) Anyway, like a lot of lower-income neighborhoods, hers has a lot of bodegas, which are basically smaller corner stores that sell toilet paper, beer, etc. I like checking out these different stores on my way to the bus stop (there are least one or two per block) and as I was buying an apple juice, I noticed the above business card.
Doc: I can’t speak to Arnulfo’s education, but if 16 years of experience doesn’t mean anything, I don’t know what does. I would also like to add that I love the design of this card. It’s kind of kitschy, but really compelling. The stonework is a cool and effective way to focus the eye on the name and number in the center.