2. There are tens of millions of Spanish speakers in the United States. There's really no excuse for a paper the editors of The Seattle Times to not be aware of the rather significant differences in meaning between año and ano, or for the writer not to educate them and insist they get it right before their piece goes to print (psst: one means anus).
3. Which brings me to this anecodote from the author's trip to Mexico City:
All New Year's Eve, rather than wish the police gathered on major corners "Feliz Ano Nuevo," I'd say, "Police Ano Nuevo" ... and they'd return big smiles and answer, "Igualmente" ("Same to you!") [sic].Uh, what? "Feliz Año Nuevo" -- with the crucial tilde -- means "Happy New Year." "Police Año Nuevo" means jack shit. First, "police" in Spanish is "policía." Second, "Happy New Police"," outside of a haha-police-kinda-sounds-like-feliz doesn't make any sense whichever language one's using.
Dear Publishers of the World: If you want a gringo to wander around and get lost in major Latin American cities for the benefit of your readers, I'm your guy. I'll even check Google Translate before submitting my piece.