Edward Ferrie, an English teacher in Spain, exchanged notes with me last late year. (Hi Edward!) In passing he mentioned a splendid Spanish word that deserves to be more widely known --- like Zeitgeist, bête noir, quid pro quo, and other useful terms that have spread far beyond their original languages. The word is cantamañanas. It comes from "cantar", to sing, and "ma\xF1ana", tomorrow. A cantamañanas, Edward explained to me, is a person who talks big ... someone who makes grand plans but never quite gets around to completing anything. (Like most of us!)

Wednesday, October 11, 2000 at 05:46:38 (EDT) = 2000-10-11


(correlates: QuidConducere, SillySeminarsOf75, Zhurnal Themes, ...)