Sarkozy’s going to need to look for some soon, but I fear that the current Parisian definition is the guy with the newest fridge. The earliest mention I’ve found here also floats in on a wave of urban violence:
(Pero es en el inquieto y renovador siglo xv cuando empezamos a descubrir formas que parecen llevarnos a otro tipo de actuación subversiva. En las Cortes de Ocaña de 1422 se habla de disturbios ciudadanos en los que algunas personas se alzan en rebeldía “haciéndose capitanes de la comunidad” y diciendo y exigiendo que nada sea hecho por alcaldes y regidores ordinarios “syn que primeramente se acordase con el común”.)
(José Antonio Maravall, Las comunidades de Castilla)
Community leadership has also migrated to more peaceful contexts. Check Mr Tung-He Chen, who describes himself as “An Insignificant Person with Significant Vitality” and who says that “A community leader is kind, wise and decent. He is responsible and willing to serve”. I assume he’d have his knackers cut off by the authorities if he strayed too far from this line, but his mitre is cause for pope. The Italians on the other hand think a community leader’s someone who offers technological legitimacy for communication in a virtual learning environment. Let’s hope the riots don’t spread there.
(PS: check Laurent Greilsamer’s interesting piece in Le Monde on the etymology of that Sarkozy fave, racaille.)
- Extracts from the letters of Don Fernando to various kings and princes of the world
Zazie@Cocanha has scanned extracts from two versions of the highly amusing Cartas d’el Rei D. Fernando, O Catholico, a varios reis e principes do mundo, e suas respostas: colligidas e commentadas por Fr. Antonio Tarfan de los Godos, Commendador na Ordem de S. João de Jerusalem: the first bunch from a manuscript in the collection of …
- Who cares about education when you’ve got lotteries, lotteries, lotteries!
La Vanguardia’s editors appear to think that the Supreme Court’s decision to officially re-introduce Spanish into schools is considerably less important for the future of Barcelona than today’s gambling results.
- Dead letters
ABC and Ramón Pérez Maura are taken to task by Peter Harvey Linguist. As usual, he’s absolutely right, but I’d just like to enter a plea in mitigation on one count: “never begin a letter with ‘I'” used to be quite common advice. For example, in Correspondence, credits and traffic: Part I: Business correspondence (1914) we learn
- Spain, invisible; leaders, dumb
Normal furrow resumed.