Apparently Mr Forte had just fled Italy after writing an article entitled “Everyone obeys Mussolini except the cats”. Can his welcome in Spain be explained partly in terms of the Spanish dictator’s notorious dislike of the Italian?
- Giffoot, rare synonym for Ladino?
Found whilst hunting help for a tiny bit of Judæo-Spanish/Sefardi/Dzhudezmo/Judezmo/Spanyol/Spanyolit/Ladino-English translation I did for someone. The book is The Lives of the Right Hon. Francis North …, The Hon. Sir Dudley North …, and The Hon. and Rev. Dr. John North (Roger North, 1826, available on GBS), the year is 1680, and the great English economist, …
- Walter Raleigh and Nigerian scammers
Being yet more foolish speculation.
- Accordion to my dog
The quote in all the obits for OED superhero Robert Burchfield is his description of English as “a monster accordion, stretchable at the whim of the editor, compressible ad lib”. Even if French dogs did like accordions as much as their masters are alleged to, it would do little to encourage the terminally oppressed Quebec French. Humiliating it must have been when poor old Yvan Tessier felt driven to seek English lessons, but it seems now that the authorities are demanding that his guide dog do so as well.
- Frommer’s Barcelona guide
Apparently FollowTheBaldie.com is in the 1st edition of Frommer’s Barcelona guide. If it’s not a right old slagging, then I probably owe someone a drink, collection here. I may be in other guides for all I know, but as a guide I feel slightly guilty reading the things.