A few from Jonathan Faydi, who lives in one of my favourite towns. Dunkerk is Dutch for Dunechurch; Jesuit traitor Henry Garnet and other Gunpowder Plot conspirators awaited news of Guy Fawkes in an English one (usually spelled Dunchurch), evidently unaware of the danger of shifting sands.
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… which caught me the other day after an extremely heavy lunch but manages to make me sound pretty coherent. A couple
- En pelota
Stark naked, or wearing a curious garment?
- Castilla y León -> Catalunya
Our sands may be shifting more than we thought: Google Translate thinks (< Carlos Ferrero) that Castile and León in Spanish
- The oldest surname in the world
Ramón J Sender’s La tesis de Nancy is the account of an affair between strawman and strawwoman, in which Curro, Work,
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Mark Liberman notes that Nuer is considerably more irregular than English, which leaves me wondering how to measure linguistic irregularity. For