Nokia’s model Lumia means prostitute in Spanish in usage documented extremely sporadically in the 19th and first half of the 20th century. Cela, inevitably, used it somewhere, but I’d be surprised if any more later finds were made, or that the word were known to more than approximately thirty living Spanish speakers before today.
Thomas Wilfred was a lumia artist in the mid-20th century, but he was thinking of lights with no girls beneath them (etymology?), and no one really cared.
In 1614, says Pedro Morejón, the inhabitants of the Japanese village Obama tortured and cut the noses off four Christians, of whom two perished immediately and the others survived miraculously after being exposed on the beach without sustenance. No one thinks the US president should resign.
And so on and so forth.
Still, it’s better than trying to think seriously about the Merkel plan.
- Pause + Antonio Fuentes anecdote
An expedition to examine the remains of Moorish castles and drink village wine on the Albacete-Jaén borders means that things will
- Jordi Pujol Ferrusola’s Active Translation SL is a real estate business allegedly used for money laundering, but that’s OK, idiot
Although the Pujol clan’s little problems are being leaked via the those parts of the Spanish-language media not on its payroll,
- Brown hands Mandelson Keys of Heaven
But perhaps Mandy should read Matthew before taking it as a compliment.
While the nature of the European Union means that Catalan (ca 4 million mother tongue speakers) isn’t likely to become an
- Catalan retronecrophilia
I’m distinctly uneasy at the prospect of Catalonia being defined in a new statute of autonomy as a nation. The reason