The etymological history of the term pasquinade It’s curious. The concept comes from Pasquino , which is the denomination of a roman sculpture in which they were left texts from satirical character . It is a sculpture from the 3rd century BC that was found during the urbanization excavations of the well-known Navona square in Rome. It was already in poor condition, so the patrons and the important ecclesiastical authorities did not want it. Hence it was decided to locate in a network of streets behind that square and there it continues.
He began to be called Pasquino because he looked like a barber from the area who was very talkative, who had that name and who knew all the rumors of the place.
It is believed that the first satirical text that was placed in the mentioned statue, the first pasquín, was directed against the figure of Urban VIII. Specifically, in that document he was attacked harshly for having allowed and encouraged that different bronze artistic works were cast to carry out the construction of canyons.
By extension, pasquín is known to messages displayed in a public space that do not have a signature and that include some type of satire or of review towards the authorities, some personality or an organization.
At present, the most frequent use of the notion refers to a publication with sensational and aggravating content , away from journalistic ethics. It is a derogatory term, which talks about the quality of means, medium in question.
For example: “The president cannot go out to answer everything they publish in a pasquin”, “When I started in journalism, I had to work in a pasquín that invented news about the celebrities of the time”, "Since the director resigned, this newspaper has become a pasquín without credibility".
It is easy to understand the notion of pasquín when thinking about the parameters that the newspapers usually consider as serious or respectable. While a daily Quality will only publish verified and confirmed news with various sources, the pasquín will present rumors as if they were verifiable facts. On the other hand, a responsible newspaper will avoid what is known as yellowishness, leaving aside truculent photos and slanderous comments. A pasquin, however, will not hesitate to publish morbid images on its cover or in promoting the controversy through aggressions and insults.
Likewise, we cannot ignore that Pasquín is also a Spaniard. In this way, for example, we find the figure of José María Pasquín. This is an important Spanish businessman who is married to Nuria March, a well-known businesswoman in the country who is in charge of one of the most reputable communication agencies.
In Cádiz there is also an important monument that chooses to use this word in our name. We are referring to the Casa Palacio de los Pasquín, which dates back to the 18th century and belonged to the family that gives it its name. It stands out for being one of the best examples of Cadiz architecture.