In order to know the meaning of the term outburst that concerns us now, we must first point out its etymological origin. In this case, we can state that it is a word that derives from Latin, exactly from the phrase “ex abrupto”, which can be translated as “abruptly” or “from the rude”. A phrase is composed of the prefix “ex-“, which means “out”, and the adjective “abruptus”, which is synonymous with “rough” or “intractable”.
The term outburst alludes to what occurs unexpectedly or abruptly. The concept is used to refer to a word, a expression or a gesture that is rude or inconvenient.
Synonyms for outburst include rudeness, insult, off-color, impropriety, and inconvenience. On the contrary, among its antonyms we can highlight delicacy, flattery or correction.
For instance: “The French actor is usually in the news for his outbursts in interviews”, “I apologize for my outburst yesterday, I was very nervous and did not express myself correctly”, “The outburst of the tennis player was recorded by the TV cameras”.
Outbursts usually occur in a situation of tension. A person who becomes enraged may lose the usual inhibitory brakes that condition behavior and, in this way, perform an action that is misplaced or out of place.
Suppose a journalist makes a question to a deputy and he, upset by the interrogation, replies insulting him. The insult of the political leader is an outburst: it is a lack of respect towards the press worker. In addition, a deputy is expected to have a decent public behavior, with a polite treatment towards all citizens. That is why his insult is an outburst.
In a match of soccer, a player who becomes enraged with a teammate can dedicate a obscene gesture. This outburst can generate various reactions: a fight with the other footballer, a reprimand from the coach or even some type of sanction from the referee if the conflict extends and includes other types of aggressions.
Outbursts usually generate surprise. Many times, the one who lets out an outburst then reconsiders and, calmer, apologizes.
In the same way, we cannot ignore the existence of an event that bears the name of the word in question. We are referring to the Ex Abrupto Festival that has been launched in Catalonia, specifically in Moià, and that is based on the development of cultural activities such as exhibitions, dance and music shows, projections of video-art works …
Likewise, we cannot forget the book “Exabruptos y subtleilezas”, a work published in 1997 and written by José Navarro.
In addition, there is also the book “Football phrases”, written by Miguel Gutiérrez and which has a foreword by Vicente del Bosque. This is a work where a review is made of the phrases, outbursts and outbursts that players and referees have committed on the field of play and that have become part of the history of that sport.