The historic peace agreement that ended decades of conflict between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) was not only a momentous occasion for the country, but also made its way into the world of crossword puzzles.
On September 26, 2016, The New York Times crossword puzzle featured a clue that read, “Peace agreement, 2016” with the answer being “FARC.” This puzzle was released just days after the signing of the peace agreement between the Colombian government and FARC, which was aimed at ending over 50 years of armed conflict.
The inclusion of this clue in the crossword puzzle highlights how significant the peace agreement was not only for Colombia but for the world. It also speaks to the universal appeal of crossword puzzles and their ability to reflect current events and popular culture.
But the peace agreement was not without controversy. In fact, it was initially rejected by the Colombian people in a referendum. The government and FARC went back to the negotiating table and made significant changes to the agreement, which was eventually ratified by Congress.
Despite the challenges, the peace agreement has brought about positive changes for Colombia. It has led to reductions in violence and helped to establish a framework for transitional justice and reparations for victims of the conflict.
The crossword puzzle may seem like a small gesture, but it is a testament to the power of language and how the events of the world can be reflected in even the most mundane of pastimes. It also shows how important it is for us as language professionals to stay up-to-date on current events and the impact they have on the vocabulary and phraseology of our language.
As copy editors, we have the power to shape and reflect the events of the world through the written word. It is important that we take this responsibility seriously and stay engaged with the world around us, so that we can accurately and effectively convey the news to our readers.