One of the more fun things you can do in the Romanian language is spontaneously create adjectives from acronyms. One of my favorite is “otevist”, which you won’t find in any dictionary but means “of or relating to OTV” based on the way those letters are pronounced in Romanian (o te vi + st).
OTV is short for Oglinda TV or “Mirror” television. It is essentially the home to all things low brow on Romanian TV from rants against Hungarians to UFO sightings to lots and lots of gossip and speculation (plus ghosts and the supernatural). In short, calling someone an otevist is an insult and generally infers that they are uneducated.
OTV is owned by a man named Dian Diaconescu who has a regular talk show in which he endlessly discusses conspiracies and other fringe subjects. However he also founded his own political party in 2010, now called the People’s Party but the original full name was Dan Diaconescu’s People’s Party (in English it sounds like the name of a music show, eh?). You got to love a man who not only hogs the airtime on his own TV channel but also names a political party after himself.
Sadly, the career of Dan Diaconescu somewhat mirrors that of Geraldo Rivera, both starting out as reputable journalists and then losing a lot of respect as they began a long descent into sensationalism.
Today I noticed that a government board took OTV off the air for three hours after repeated violation of election laws because Dan Diaconescu used OTV to promote his own political party.
One of the many benefits of living in Europe, and Romania specifically, is there are strict limits on exactly when political parties and politicians can begin campaigning before elections (currently 6 weeks beforehand I believe). Meanwhile over in America campaigning for the presidency has been ongoing for over a year now and the elections won’t even be held until November. If you live in Romania you probably don’t realize that the American TV channels have been flooded with political ads for months. Frankly I don’t know why it takes more than 6 weeks to explain your positions and to convince people to vote for you. But hey, that’s why I live here.
AND NOW YOU KNOW!