Joseph Townsend, A Journey Through Spain in the Years 1786 and 1787 (1791):
It is curious to observe this mark of contempt for the Moors, in clothing their vilest criminals, and even their hangman, in green, the sacred colour of Mahometans, more especially in Africa.
I wonder if Townsend is correct in his supposition. Francisco de Holanda (De la pintura antigua, 1548) and Diego López (Declaración magistral sobre las emblemas de Andrés Alciato, 1615) both clothe the virtue Hope in green, and López explains why:
I wonder then whether dressing prisoners in green was not an ironic take on Zechariah 9:12:
- Green / degreening
Fernando Navarro suggests that both I and Joseph Townsend are wrong. The Spanish word for executioner, verdugo, he says, was applied
- Significance of Spanish playing cards explained
From William Pulleyn’s The Etymological Compendium, Or, Portfolio of Origins and Inventions (1830), via Google Book Search: It is generally believed, that
- Daisy Bell aka the little dicky bird
A curious marriage of songs.
- Cosas de septiembre
La canción que más cantaba yendo este verano en bici desde Londres a Toulouse fue la Vecchia pianola de Katyna Ranieri.
- Refutation of Bilbeny’s “conclusive proof” that Quijote was written in Catalan
The problem with Catalan “philologist” and “historian” Jordi Bilbeny being a 24-carrot burro is that when he occasionally says something half