I for one can report another incidence of the phrase, just last week, in my own house.

My husband, Juan, has been following the World Cup on Spanish-language TV. He said something to me about "el equipo de todos nosotros." (I actually thought he was making a kind of not-so-uncommon Latin American joke about the U.S. running everything.)

Juan probably got the phrase from TV. I am 100% sure he did not see that phrase in any blog, since I know he doesn't read them.

I'm all for giving people credit where credit is due, but this kind of "controversy" is simply silly. Especially when it hardly seems unlikely that a sportswriter based in L.A. (of all places) might pay some attention to Spanish TV commentators.

Posted by: Vicki White at June 23, 2002 09:30 AM

Vicki -- Oh, this is totally pointless, don't get me wrong. Just slightly ironic given the sneering at blogs by Pucin's colleague from the day before, that's all. I certainly would not have brought it up otherwise.

Posted by: Matt Welch at June 23, 2002 10:05 AM

Matt, it was pointed out to me that you seemed to be accusing me of lifting something from your blog. Just as it is totally wrong for any journalist to lift something from another media source without attribution, it is also wrong to suggest a journalist has stolen something unless you have checked out your accusation. I wrote a column a week ago after I watched the Mexico-Italy game at an outdoor stadium with several thousand Mexico supporters. I've been watching most of the games on Univision. My husband was in a doctor's office where the phrase was used. And in the very column you referenced, I was watching the game on Univision with many people who spoke Portuguese and Spanish. I did my own reporting.

Posted by: Diane Pucin at June 23, 2002 11:38 AM

Diane -- Muchas apologias! I'll put your letter at the top of my site!

Posted by: Matt Welch at June 23, 2002 12:11 PM
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