The Greek concept antron derived in Latin antrum and it came to our language as joint. The first meaning mentioned in the dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) refers to a grotto or one cavern.
By extension to this meaning, the most common use of the term appears today. A den is called a place that has a negative reputation or whose appearance is bad or dark. For instance: “Last night Carlos took me to a bar that was a dive: after ten minutes I told him to go somewhere else”, “I do not understand how the government authorizes the operation of this club that puts the lives of hundreds of young people at risk every night”, “When we started our musical career we were forced to perform in clubs; now we are lucky enough to offer concerts in theaters and stadiums “.
There are several issues that can lead to a place being mentioned as a club. Many times the concept is associated with the development of a illegal activity inside: a bowling alley where illegal drugs are sold or a nightclub that encourages prostitution can be called dens.
The clubs also acquire their classification when do not provide amenities attendees or clients. A theater with broken seats or a museum that lacks electricity could be designated as dens.
It is important to note that, in some countries, a club is not an uncomfortable or disreputable place, but the opposite: an establishment that guarantees entertainment and good experiences can also be defined, in this context, as a club. This occurs in Chile and Mexico, where the word joint has a meaning contrary to the dictionary of the RAE.
In these two countries, a club can be a place of good reputation, to which people go to have fun and socialize. To cite a precise example, although in North America, there is a local recreation area called Club Antro located in the city of San Antonio.
Not everyone hates clubs
Regardless of the meaning provided by the dictionary and the use that many people make of the term, we must not forget that while some despise a certain commercial premises for its appearance or lack of hygiene, many frequent it regularly and enjoy its facilities without any problem.
Pride, generalization and absolutism are not good friends of the language; no matter how the strictest despite them, democracy always triumphs, and language academies end up accepting the products of everyday speech that are initially incorrect.
We humans like to think that we have the opinion correct, that our point of view is the most appropriate: “My way of cleaning the monitor is the best”, “This dish is prepared like this”, “Living that way is absolutely unacceptable from a moral point of view”, “This text is a disaster”. However, the dens, the Anglicisms and the misspellings will continue to be part of our species, and perhaps one day we will not be able to avoid visiting them.
Antrear: verbalization of joint
A phenomenon very common today is the verbalization of nouns, that is, the creation of verbs from nouns outside the rules and limits of the academic field. This occurs in everyday speech, and many times it becomes so powerful that over time it becomes official.
The term antrear, in this context, is the result of verbalizing the noun joint, and thus some Spanish speakers can express the following sentences: “Tonight we are going to dance with the boys”, “So much antrear in the middle of the week is turning you into an undead”, «I have never been to antrea, but sometimes they convince me».