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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I have an old English-Finnish dictionary that defines "cancan" as "a certain indecent form of dance". I think the original text of the dictionary comes from 30s or so, or maybe from someone brought up with 30s' proprieties.

  • When I first went to Italy I took Italian lessons from a Romanian woman. One day a word came up that she couldn't explain in Italian or English. We looked it up and the translation was the evocative "The slaughter of the tunny fish".

    Strangely, google shows a few matches for this phrase [google.com].