Other revelations on this highly entertaining site include HL Mencken’s take on Warren Harding’s English:
My hunch is that if George W Bush has got less coherent in the past ten years it has less to do with a change in presentation, deliberate or not, than with his (allegedly) having hair in his ears. Have you ever tried to talk sense with a cat sleeping on your head?
- Sock it to them, saviour
African guru sells excellent footwear
- Spanish justice
Modern law generally accepts the principal of individual responsibility, particularly for serious crimes. Warée in Curiosités judiciaires (1859), cited on this
- Spain, invisible; leaders, dumb
Normal furrow resumed.
- Inaguració (sic)
This missing “u” is quite common in Spanish and Catalan, and it puzzles me because, unusually, the written form doesn’t echo
- Turk’s head
Scapegoat in Catalan is cap de turc, in Spanish cabeza de turco. I haven’t got the OED, but Hector Zimmerman says