Those of you who share my support for the struggle against illegitimate power and privilege will have been delighted by the defeat last week in single combat of that decadent Spanish aristocrat, Rubén Ramírez Hidalgo, by a humble English poultry farmer, Tim Henman. (As you know, hidalgo (“nobleman”) is but a concertina arrangement of hijo de algo (“son of something”).)
Interestingly, son of a bitch seems to be undergoing the same process as hidalgo, having transitioned first to sonofabitch and now, during a discussion of gaming rules, to sofabitch:
I am not yet sure whether I want my choir to refer to me as their solfabitch.
- Shiteways Cider Company Ltd
The first phoneme of the subject of this splendid story by the Diario de Jerez appears to have colonised the first
- Hidalgo and other Spanish syncopations
Linguistic syncopes are confusing for musicians, who think of syncopation as redistributive rather than reductive. Confusingly, too, many of the syncopated
- A beautiful, venomous phrase
But Spain’s new nepotism is actually rather good.
- Killing the pig
Jayne’s got a photo here, and here’s an old joke which is told in Spain and probably in other places too: A
- Single European mortgage market
The Central Committee via Barnier, 10/12/13: [The Mortgage Credit Directive] introduces responsible lending practices across the EU. Consumers will be better