Here’s a brief list of words and phrases used by Spanish-speaking sexists to praise men to the skies and to remind women that their place is in the gutter. I haven’t yet encountered a language so permeated by hate that I couldn’t contemplate using it (with the possible exception of VB), but Ludwig Kabanow is convinced about German:
Twenty-four-year-old Ludwig Kabanow from Berlin had gone to Gdansk with a group of people last week. The trip included a visit to the nearby Stutthof concentration camp, where about 65,000 people were murdered by the Nazis.
Upset by the excursion to the camp, Kabanow threw away his passport and driver’s license and refused to return home with the rest of the group…
Communicating in English, Kabanow told police officers that he did not want to speak German again and that he did not want to return to his home country. Polish officials then explained to him that he could have stayed in the country if he hadn’t thrown away his papers…
This kind of confusion is still common in parts of Spain where the revolting trinity of blood, soil and language still has a hold, but, although there’s not much of a tradition, it is of course possible to hold liberal convictions and express them in Basque. This morning I read bits of Antony Beevor’s The Fall of Berlin 1945. One of the strange, strange novelties for me was it was the survivors of the French and Scandinavian SS divisions who fought their way to the heart of Mr Kabanow’s home town, Berlin, to defend the empire to the last, while the leadership headed the other way and the Wehrmacht jeered.
- How regional language policy in Spain is pissing off foreign investors
Here’s most of the second half of an article dealing with the Air Berlin affair in the Süddeutsche Zeitung, a MOR
- Spaniard found not guilty of theft because of poor language skills
The proceedings of the Old Bailey are now searchable to 1913. Apart from anything else they are an interesting source of
- Spanish, most popular elective extra-curricular language in English higher education
Now ahead of French, while German is being overtaken by Chinese.
- Fake story about a fake passport
The headline belongs to Josu at Malaprensa, who has the marvellous story of how Guus Hiddink’s comment in Bild that it
- I know where your house lives, but sometimes the front door’s a struggle
Featuring Abel and Marguerite Chevalley and their Concise Oxford French Dictionary.