"It's as if we live in some bizarro world where the evil are praised and rewarded for their evil." — Henry Gómez, commenting on the crackdown on human rights activists by the Cuban regime, Babalú blog, December 10, 2007
No, Henry, it would be a much better world if everybody were a little bit more "bizarro." Bizarro in Spanish is a compliment, which means dashing and fearless. It would be correct, for example, to refer to the bizarro general Antonio Maceo; but wholly inaccurate to say that Fidel Castro was bizarro even one day of his life. If it is bizarre that you mean — and we could not imagine that you could mean anything else — the word is extraño. And, yes, it is a strange, strange world that we live in, and Cubans are at the epicenter of that strangeness.