bolted from the United States Republican Party

Discussion in 'Spanish-English Vocabulary / Vocabulario Español-Inglés' started by tonguingaround, Jun 5, 2012.

  1. tonguingaround Banned

    Spanish Argentina
    Hi there
    Would you help me translate "bolted" ? See example below
    Thanks in advance

    The Mugwumps were Republican political activists who bolted from the United States Republican Party by supporting Democratic candidate Grover Cleveland in the United States presidential election of 1884. They switched parties because they rejected the financial corruption associated with Republican candidate James G. Blaine. In a close election, the Mugwumps supposedly made the difference in New York state and swung the election to Cleveland. The jocular word mugwump, noted as early as 1832, is from Algonquian (Natick) mugquomp, "important person, kingpin" (from mugumquomp, "war leader")[1] implying that they were "sanctimonious" or "holier-than-thou,"[2] in holding themselves aloof from party politics.

    By the way, don t know what a "Mugwump" is either
  2. Gabita Senior Member

    Fort Worth, TX
    Spanish (Argentina)
    If you search for "bolt" in the WR dictionaries, near the bottom of the definitions:

    My first thought was " ... abandonaron el partido republicano"

    Your text provides the definition of the word "Mugwump".
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2012
  3. Alisterio

    Alisterio Senior Member

    Mexico City
    UK English
    :thumbsup: De acuerdo con "abandonaron el partido..."
  4. tonguingaround Banned

    Spanish Argentina
    ok, pero es "abandonaron" con un sentido de abandonar apresuradamente, de acuerdo ? Seria como un "se rajaron" en Argentina si bien "bolt" no suena tan slang ?
  5. fenixpollo

    fenixpollo moderator

    American English
    "Bolted" en este contexto no es tanto slang como terminología de caballos.

    Podrías usar un modismo como se rajaron o salieron corriendo o salieron disparados, y se entendería, pero en mi opinión, las sugerencias de Gabita y de Alisterio funcionan muy bien.
  6. Moritzchen Senior Member

    Los Angeles, CA
    Spanish, USA

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