Filibusters and boats on the Vlie

How do we know that Bush–for all his rhetoric–is soft on pirates? Because otherwise, surely, Bill Frist would have rebirthed filibusters as Catalan fills de puta, “whoresons.” I can’t get into the OED, but here’s the fairly vague Barnhart dictionary of etymology (1988):


One anagram of Isratine, the word used by Gaddafi and others for a proposed Israeli-Palestinian state: “satire in”.

But craic

Re the Glens of Antrim: “But craic is what the local inhabitants are famous for.” This may well be true, but unfortunately it has nothing to do with Geoff Pullum and Mark Liberman‘s “butt crack of dawn”, since Ireland is where the sun sets.