"Lugo runs risk of never having more children after operation" -- newspaper headline, perfect example of Paraguayan sarcasm


Image from Ultima Hora.

It took me more than a few years to realize that the Paraguayan sense of humor, in addition to the grating Sábado Gigante-esque variety, is incredibly sarcastic because it plays on being very serious and very deadpan.

A classic example is this article in today's Ultima Hora:

Lugo corre riesgo de no tener más hijos tras la operación

La intervención de la próstata estuvo a cargo de 12 profesionales médicos. Guardará reposo y en las próximas cuatro semanas ya estará con posibilidades de mantener relación sexual, dijo Cayo Estigarribia.

The prostate surgery was conducted by 12 medical professionals. He is in recovery and within the next four weeks will be able to resume sexual relations, said Cayo Estigarribia.



Paraguay's president Fernando Lugo is a former Bishop (only "former" because he had to step down from his position to run for president) who is still under the clerical vow of celibacy. But he has been plagued by (accurate) accusations of having fathered children while a priest. He has acknowledged a couple of them, but has legal actions (asking for legal recognition of paternity and, presumably, child support) by half a dozen women and, well, rumors abound that there are plenty more in the background. Lugo underwent minor prostate surgery on Friday, which was successful.

Needless to say, Paraguayans of all political stripes are disappointed with the dalliances and vow-breaking and this has taken a toll on the perception of "seriousness" of the current regime.

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