Date: Tue, 29 Jul 1997 10:42:18 -0400
From: Ron Butters RonButters[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: (Garcia) Marquez
Alan Baragona writes:
I get annoyed when people refer
to Gabriel Garcia
Marquez as "Marquez" instead of
Could somebody please explain the protocol here?
As I recall, when I lived in Mexico, people explained to me that "Garcia" was
the matronymic and "Marquez" the patronymic--and the matronymic was
frequently dropped in all but the most formal of situations. Is my memory
wrong? Or are there different practices in different parts of the
Spanish-speaking world? It seems to me that people frequently referred to ech
other by their "last" names rather than their full family names.