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It’s all in the translation

Por favor, una horca,” I ask the señora in the hardware store. She looks horrified. I make digging motions to indicate I need a garden fork. She looks relieved, and says there are none in stock. On looking up the Spanish for ‘horca’, I discover I’d asked for a gallows

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Fancy a dish of ‘hit to the plate’ or ‘clams to the sailor’s blouse'? In a gentle, humorous dig at our hosts, it seems that Spain is leading the way with gobbledygook, writes Tessa Norman

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