There’s a rather silly suggestion here (via Onze Taal) to the effect that, with English reasonably close to becoming the only EU working language, it’s about time the UK started paying for everyone else to learn English. I find this a weak argument: with the French Eurocracy converted to the delights of English, it will surely not be long before the Lord High Elocutioner issues a directive replacing French with English in schools, at which point the entire public administration will follow. The curtain will rise on an age of love and understanding between Paris and London, and the cost will be approximately zilch.
- Time, a commodity
I always thought that a commodity was an article that could be traded, and that time (99-year lease, delivery in October,
- Catalan government insolvent, up $hit creek, etc etc
But leaking the news just after the Mavi Marmara incident meant hardly anyone noticed.
- Epic Occitan language fail
With a brief moan re online editions of Lou Tresor dóu Felibrige.
- Upper case V vs B
A little blackletter prob.
- Pillow dictionary
Literally: When at Seville in 1809, Lord Byron lodged in the house of two unmarried ladies; and in his diary he describes