Though not the official symbol of the Irish Republic (the Harp) a very popular symbol. Legend has it that St. Patrick used the shamrock with its three leaves on one stalk to illustrate the mystery of the Holy Trinity when he was converting the natives to Christianity.
I think you do very well to concentrate your sense of verbal disgust on a few well-chosen words. There are few that I hate more than your "impact" as verb. Maybe if we all concentrated very hard on hating the same word for a day we could help it to disappear in shame!
An Italian obsession. The worst thing you can do is make a "brutta figura" = cut a bad figure means embarrass yourself either by your lack of dress sense or, more generally, by doing/saying something stupid.
The opposite is "bella figura".
An interesting new turn in German idiom, coined by the Italian football manager Giovanni Trapattoni a few years ago when he managed Bayern Muenchen. Trapattoni is also considered a grand master of his own language with passion usually getting the better of syntax.
Jan 16, 2008
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