Rape Town, Gangster's Paradise (GP) and more

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Sat Apr 24 11:57:11 UTC 2004

   Greetings from a stop on the way to Etosha National Park.  My guide is Hu Berry, the direcot of the park for over 15 years.  He's been terrific.

RAPE TOWN--Cape Town.  Perhaps of interest to Jonathon Green's book on world slang.

GANGSTER'S PARADISE--GP=Gauteng Province in South Africa.  Another unfortunate nickname.

LAOS PDR--Supposedly, the People's Democratic Republic.  A fellow traveler tells me it means "Please Don't Rush."

SALTED HORSE--A local term for a horse without disease.

GORF--"Frog" spelled backwards.  I was told a Quebec citizen was called this.

SHORT ARM INSPECTION--Military term for a check for venereal disease on one's short arm.  My military friend here gave me this.

MAGGIE'S DRAWERS--He also gave me this.  I don't have time to look into it.

OT:  We have a nice tour of the petroglyphs here in Namibia (101 degrees in the shade).  I told the local guide that I was an American.  He thought for a second, then said, "Michael Jackson lives there?"

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