“President because he presides over the entity.” With this logic, the deputy of Together for Change Martin Tetaz wanted to justify a masculine denomination to the position of president that occupies Cecilia Moreau in the General Legislation Committee of the Lower House. But despite wanting to use an academic tone to simulate a grammar lesson, was his own unconscious who kicked him out of class: while the legislators explained that the correct term was “president” and Tetaz insisted on using the masculine, at the end of his presentation the radical deputy referred to Moreau with the adjective “president”.
As can be seen in the video, in the middle of the debate, Moreau gave the floor to the radio expander. Tetaz began his speech on the rental law with the aim of giving a linguistic lesson. “Thank you very much, Madam President. President, because you preside over the entity, otherwise it would be an income and that does not exist. So, thank you, Madam President, because you preside over an entity, Miss”, Held. In the commission they did not hesitate to correct it, but Tetaz insisted: “If you don’t speak Spanish… You preside over the entity, that’s why it’s called president. There is no enta”.
It was at that moment that Moreau interceded: “Deputies… As from whom it comes”, which generated the applause of the legislators. Tetaz, offended, tried to double down. But unconscious played a trick on him. “That comment is a bit outside of his role of chairing the commission. Chairwoman“, he said. With the act failed, the commission was filled with laughter and applause.
Even the RAE contradicts Tetaz
The Royal Spanish Academy he usually answers queries on Twitter about the use of the language. Weeks ago he answered an idiomatic question from Argentina. And he went to an anti-Kirchnerist Twitter account, who questioned the use, by Cristina Kirchner, of the name “president”.
The response of the CM of the RAE was immediate. They indicated that “the most appropriate option today is to use the form ‘presidenta`”, emphasizing that this rule has been present “in the academic dictionary since 1803”. In fact, the dictionary of the RAE contemplates that “president” can be used in the feminine.
The discussion, strictly speaking, it is settled since the first case of a female president in Argentina (also, the first case in the world), almost half a century ago, when María Estela Martínez was officially proclaimed “president” after the death of Juan Perón. The nation of July 4, 1974 stated that, in the opinion of the Colombian Academy of Language, “the correct expression” from the case of Perón’s widow was “presidenta”.
The Caro y Cuervo Philological Research Institute agreed then on the use of the word in the feminine. The academic José María Forero was quoted in the Mitre diary as follows: “Since she is feminine, she should be president.. As it had not been thought that a woman could hold the presidency of the Republic, the legal text says president, always male. But the logic and the correct form indicate that she should say president ”.
The discussion about the use of “president” and “president” had returned to the fore when CFK presided over its first session of the Senator. The head of the Peronist senators, José Mayans, called her “president” and was corrected by the former president.