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Posts on 01/14/20

A Lesson on Usage: Parlay and Parley, Lakes and Seas

(David Duggan, USA, 01/14/20 10:48 am) Parlay (see A. J. Cave, January 14th) didn't look right and I looked it up. Parley is the conversation. Parlay is a betting maneuver (typically on horse races with win-place-show ...

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Trump-IRI Communication through Swiss Intermediaries

(A. J. Cave, USA, 01/14/20 4:57 am) John E asked about Trump's back-channel communication through the Swiss with the IRI. There was a fairly detailed piece on January 12th about the recent parlay in the online Wall Street ...

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Who Calls the Shots (Literally) in US Foreign Policy?

(Paul Pitlick, USA, 01/14/20 4:44 am) I always enjoy A. J. Cave's WAIS posts. In her post of January 12th, A. J. mentioned China and Russia (or as Eugenio Battaglia refers to them, Empires 2 and 3), who might have an interest ...

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Posts on 01/13/20

Spanish Dialects...and a Word on the Solers

(José Ignacio Soler, Venezuela, 01/13/20 2:42 pm) I appreciated Enrique Torner's humorous dream about teaching the languages of Spain, but more than a dream I would say it would be a nightmare for him, particularly with my smiling presence in it. ...

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How Madrid Destroyed Valencian Economy, TV

(Jordi Molins, Spain, 01/13/20 4:38 am) Sir Paul Preston wrote on January 11th: "I don't recognise what Jordi Molins had to say about the Valencian economy being reduced to 'whores and waiters.' I would rather have suggest ...

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Two Ukrainegates

(A. J. Cave, USA, 01/13/20 4:17 am) It must be the hand of fate that both President Trump and IRI officials are having their Ukrainegates. It's interesting to see how the events are unfolding as more information is coming onli ...

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Gary Moore Reflects on the WAIS Effect

(John Eipper, USA, 01/13/20 3:40 am) Gary Moore writes: "The WAIS Effect" (Patrick Mears, January 8) is apt shorthand for the mysteries of serendipity/synchronicity, or "eerie coinciden ...

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A Language Teacher`s Dream (or Nightmare?)

(Enrique Torner, USA, 01/13/20 3:27 am) I had a dream. I had to teach the languages of Spain, and, instead of the usual four, I had to remember 18: Manchego (from Castilla la Mancha), Leonese (from Castilla y León), "madrile&nti ...

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Posts on 01/12/20

DPP President Wins Reelection in Taiwan

(Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 01/12/20 4:34 am) In Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen of the DPP Democratic Progressive Party has been reelected with a landslide 57.1% of the vote, an increase over 2016, against Han Kuo-yu of the Kuomingtang, who got only 2 ...

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"Putas y Camareros" Quote

(Jordi Molins, Spain, 01/12/20 3:38 am) John Eipper commented on my post of January 10th: "I'm very curious about the origins of the 'putas y camareros' quote." The motto was popularized by the Spanish writer Art ...

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