Fwd: Re: Cachaca facts & reply to Harry
- --- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, "Hector A. Landaeta C."
> On 11/20/03 12:44 AM, "Austin Smith" <asmith1@b...> wrote:feels the pain
> > Chill, Hector. You may not think that anyone in the States
> > that you've expressed, but we do. We know how bad it is; wehelp where we
> > can, but we can never do enough. If there is a problem that'sgoing to take
> > us all down, that's it.time now!
> Hola Austin!
> Yeah well, I think you guys been ³helping what you can² for some
> One of the things that¹s got us to this state is, precisely, yourbrand of
> good ole help! (like invading 1/3 of the Mexican territory,robbing the
> Canal out of Colombia, installing the Somoza dynasty in Nicaragua,a lighter
> overthrowing Allende in Chile and the like). Just joking, and in
> tone as to answer our friend Harry¹s reply I would like to saythat maybe I
> overreacted, and for that I apologize. Hey, that¹s part of thisproblems of
> ours, makes us humorless sunzabitches! In the same light ofHarry¹s
> ³cultural idiosyncracies² theme I must say that my reaction isperhaps
> explained by this Latino pride thing: we take insults to ourfamilies too
> hard. Maybe extending my family to Brazilians is a bit of astretch in a
> literal sense but that is also a Latino character treat (speciallyif you¹ve
> lived abroad and taken shit in a ³first world² country), instantrapport and
> solidarity to any other Latin American, and first and foremost ifit¹s to
> take a stand against a ³gringo¹s² ignorance and bigotry(understand we
> people tag that ³gringo² to any peoples north of the Rio Grande,west of
> Tijuana and East of Recife, and contrary to American commonwisdom, it¹s not
> given as an insult, it¹s just a synonym of ³light skinnedforeigner²).
> We¹ve got this inferiority complex, you see, so getting our nosesrubbed on
> (perhaps) true facts we don¹t take lightly. I also wanted toapologize to
> Harry for having confused him with a French and indeed for havingbrewed a
> storm out of a teacup. I do believe ³Priscilla² is a fine exampleof ³down
> under² culture but personally I like best any of Peter Weir¹s filmsApologies accepted, Hector. Donations, money, gifts, women, alcohol
> (³Galipoli² and ³A Year Living Dangerously² stand to mind).
> No hay guiro, pana! (no beef, pal).
> Hector Landaeta.
> Colonia Tovar - Venezuela.
> P.S: What does that ³Slainte!² thing of Harry¹s mean?
also accepted. :-)))
That ³Slainte!² thing is my Scottish ancestry sneaking out.
Means literally "Good Health" - slainte translates
vaguely as health, "mhath" is the feminine form of "math" (pron.
"maa"). In Scots Gaelic, we aspirate to make an adjective feminine
(aspitate means pronounce with a breathing, or an h sound).
Thus the name "Mairi" (Marie) is given extra feminine emphasis by
aspiration - "Mhairi" (pron. "Varry").
It is also an Irish word Irish, gaelic
(scottish), and welsh are all related languages.
Pronounce "slainte mhath" like this - "Slanzh'va", and utter it
when someone buys you a drink!
Slainte mhor agus a h-uile beannachd duibh ("Good health and every
good blessing to you!")