Yesterday was the 100 anniversary of the birth of “Cantinflas”. Otherwise known as the Mexican answer to Charlie Chaplin, he was a comedian who appeared in hundreds of films and was famous for his comic discourses that appeared to be intelligent but actually said nothing at all. Here’s a famous example:
“Estamos en guerra porque ya estamos. ¿Por qué razones?, ustedes me dirán. Y yo les contestaré: razones fundamentales que todo conglomerado debe entender y son tres: la primera, la segunda y la tercera. ¿Qué cosas verdad? Pues así es”
There is now a verb in the Spanish language which describes this way of speaking: “Cantinflear”. I think we have all heard people do this from time to time.
A verb now exists to