Economic woes enrich Spanish language, expert says

Logroño, Spain, May 8 (EFE).- The economic crisis has been "a fertile source of enrichment of the Spanish language," the director of the Foundation for Urgent Spanish, Joaquin Müller, said Wednesday in this northern city.

The scramble to find ways to describe the effects of the recession, home foreclosures and soaring unemployment has led to the adoption of new terms and the renewal of others that had fallen into disuse, he said in Logroño.

La Rioja regional culture minister Gonzalo Capellan, Müller and the coordinator of the San Millan de la Cogolla Foundation, Almudena Martinez, held a press conference to present the 8th International Seminar on Language and Journalism.

Princess Letizia, wife of Spain's Crown Prince Felipe, will inaugurate the May 16-17 gathering in San Millan de la Cogolla, whose theme is "The Language of the Crisis."

The need to put names to new, rapidly evolving situations, and to explain them in ways that don't alarm the public obliges politicians, economists and journalists "to sharpen their ingenuity and to invent or recover words," Müller said.