Amando de Miguel and others who spend days on end with the flag wrapped round their heads are convinced it is Spain. English books in Google paint a different picture, however. Here are some very rough results based on various strings, which take no account of the not hugely different meanings attributed to “nation” & cognates in various periods:
|-1799||No one actually really cared greatly. This was a Good Thing.|
Athenians (Herodotus quoting Athenians)
|1950-||No clear leaders–people who publish books seem to have lost interest in the issue, their passion being inherited by the tribalist illiterates who run places like Catalonia.|
It would be interesting to repeat this with other languages, but not half as interesting as lunch.
- Mumbling in the moss, and other pleasant distractions
Are only 28% of the French interested in handcuffing and blindfolding because they prefer real, live, political ignominy?
- Roddy Doyle’s niggers of Europe explained
Don’t claim national origins for yourselves without very carefully considering the possible consequences.
- Reading in China
When people emerge from feudalism only to find themselves imprisoned once more by pyschopaths dressed as plumbers, it’s difficult to take
- Are the Spanish media really obsessed with Israel?
John Chappell links to an old piece from the Stephen Roth Institute in Tel Aviv which claims among other things that
The temperature is up in the 30s, so Miguel Guash via Amando de Miguel wonders why words for “night” and “eight”