Michael Quinion says it’s a weird word, so I guess I read weird books. Some early models had the benches raked so that everyone could see forward without standing up; accidents must have been spectacular. Spaniards travelled in char-á-bancs, as well as char-á-banes and charabáns (see porlan), and Cuba may have had the odd chalabán. Eric Partridge calls it a cherry-bounce (is this a plumtree-type euphemism?), which term was also applied to cherry brandy. I know which I’d take right now.
- Who’s afraid of the big bad Wolof?
I once read some complete nonsense by UCD prof Clarence Major, so I do kind of wonder whether he’s got any
- Two views of progress
Italy vs England.
- We’ve got a winner!
Sorry to break my normal Dutch–Catalan–English flow, but this is important: we’ve got a winner for the cowbike drawing competition! The winning
- Festina’s Lotus range: watches for people too stupid to need them
We are too smart to buy this crap off Festina, because we happen to know that according to Maya prophecy on
- Classifying mussels / muscles
Barcelona trading practices, builder’s crack-fish and the great Pacific birdshit war.