Fwd: one-handed quote search
James A. Landau
JJJRLandau at AOL.COM
Thu Aug 18 22:27:44 UTC 2005
In a message dated Wed, 17 Aug 2005 01:18:11 -0400, "Douglas G. Wilson"
_douglas at NB.NET_ (mailto:douglas at NB.NET) writes
>><<... que j'avais plus de trente ans
>>avant que j'eusse jeté les yeux sur aucun de ces dangereux livres qu'une
>>belle dame de par le monde trouve incommodes, en ce qu'on ne peut les lire
>>que d'une main.>>
>Translation of that last part (from Google Print):
><<... that I was more than thirty years old before I so much as glanced at
>one of those dangerous books which one lovely woman of the world finds
>inconvenient, so she says, because they can only be read with one hand.>>
A good horrible example of what happens when you trust a machine translation.
"so she says" does not appear in the French original.
"one lovely woman" is a word-for-word translation and therefore incorrect.
Better would be "a lovely woman."
My translation is "these dangerous books that any worldly woman would find
inconvenient because they can only be read held in one hand".
I agree that the implication is that the other hand is busy performing
>It's the adj./n. ["pussy"] relating to weakness and cowardice that I'm
I admit that I was somewhat off-topic by giving a usage of the noun sense
referring to genitalia, but I figured the possible antedating might be worth
It is interesting that while "pussy" means you-know-what, "puss" means the
Incidentally, today I overheard a white man in his early 20's use "pussy"
meaning "cowardice" in a conversation with two middle-aged African-American
>The Pope I believe at one time tried to excommunicate Richard The Lionheart
because his >armies used crossbows which the Pope stated were unchristian.
The Lionheart was not >excommunicated as he pointed out it was being used
against non-christians. I am not sure >of the veracity of that story.
I believe the above story is backwards. Richard the Lionhearted was KILLED
by a crossbow bolt. According to the story as I heard it, the
mortally-wounded Richard forgave the crossbowman, a Genoese mercenary, but after Richard's
death one of his subordinates had the crossbowman executed.
- James A. Landau
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