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For those of you who don’t speak Spanish ¿Por qué no te callas? means Why don’t you shut up? It will be the lasting legacy of Spanish King Juan Carlos of the House of Bourbon, who announced his abdication today. It was the closest thing to a catch-phrase that he had, the Hispanic equivalent of ‘We are not amused’.

Juan Carlos uttered the words to Hugo Chávez during an international conference of Spanish speaking nations, when the late Venezuelan president had embarked on one of his speechathons.  The event was held shortly after the Spanish government had supported a coup attempt against him, so Hugo wasn’t best pleased with the Spanish delegation. Juan Carlos is always uncomfortable when involvement in coups is discussed, and wanted to go and do something more interesting, like shooting endangered species in Botswana. For a while ¿Por qué no te callas? became the most popular ring-tone…

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