Should definitely be an apostrophe, dudes:
I’m pretty sure I’ve actually seen this before, in both Hispano- and Anglophone environments. You might think that it suggests that they are also pretty unlettered in their mother tongue, but establishing that would require thorough excavation. Nurse, my bluntest chisel!
Update: Jeremy suggests that some people confuse commas and apostrophes with the decimal mark, which in Spain is generally pitched at baseline (12,3) but sometimes at ascender (12’3) level. I would fear for a grocer unable to distinguish words from numbers.
- Boingboing: 17M = 17,000
The demonstrations were not limited to Madrid. Below: 17,000 en Sevilla … from Antonio Rull’s photostream.
One wonders whether the writer may not have rather lost touch with her family name’s linguistic heritage, and she’s duly outed in comments by hewtwit:
I live around the corner from there in seville (plaza de encarnacion) and it looks from
- The Real Spain
Time for change, but literacy and numeracy and asking for advice from beyond the tribe might still be a step too far for The Real Spain, which is distributing postcards to tourists:
While the Spanish peple face fines of up to 600,000 euros for defending their social rights, Politicians and bankers still walk free after
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- Unnacompanied into the woods?
The other day someone gave me the (impeccable) English translation of Gabriel Tortella’s classic El desarrollo de la España contemporánea. Historia económica de los siglos XIX y XX. I don’t really understand why he uses 1900 to divide the period in two – on the basis of most of the indicators he cites, a tripartite split …