The Spanish have several phrases to represent the idea of empty words and empty promises. “Vender humo” (selling smoke) is one. This is the activity of a person who “vive del cuento” (makes a living from storytelling). These phrases always make me think of those “charlatans” (also a Spanish word) who used to sell miracle cures in the Wild West. I’ve met a few of them here as well, like the man at a exhibition who tried to sell me a gadget to keep the air clean in my house. Well, he wasn’t selling smoke anyway.
Posted by: janecronin | February 4, 2012