Are these headlines connected at all?
- Over 60% of Spaniards have never read Don Quixote.
- Over 80% of Spaniards say they're 'happy' to 'completely happy'.
Yesterday, while learning of a new Museum of Empathy in the UK, I heard the word 'empathic'. At first, I thought it was a slip of the tongue, for 'empathetic' but the speaker used it again and I had to look it up. Sure enough, it's a synonym for 'empathetic'. And, as it's shorter, it deserves to take over.
Talking of words . . . I've recently heard several mis-pronunciations, by which I mean pronunciations not shared with me:-
- Tunís, instead of Túnis.
- Erítrea, instead of Eritréa.
- Ápostate, instead of apóstate.
- Pedagoji, instead of pedagogy.
Talking of standards . . . This mistake appeared in The Daily Telegraph yesterday, by no means for the first time:- The reptile makes it's bid for freedom. It raises the question: Now that the newspapers are farming out their sub-editing to 17 year-olds in their New Zealand bedrooms, isn't it time to forget about the apostrophe and the stress it causes?
Finally . . . Here are 10 things The Daily Express thinks you should consider before buying a retirement home abroad. And here's The Daily Telegraph's variation on the same theme. For obvious reasons, I haven't read them but I hope they say much the same thing. The 11th. rule to note is: Don't come to Pontevedra. There's too many foreigners here already.