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Cover the Sun With a Finger

Sam in Westville, Indiana, heard a woman from Puerto Rico use the expression You cannot cover the sun with a finger, referring to the problem of having more things to work on than she could handle. The Spanish expression tapar el sol con un dedo, or...

car-breaker

car-breaker  n.— «There is a speed-breaker on the street, right in front of our house. In our neighborhood in Nazimabad, they are commonly called car-breakers because of their size. Rain water was running down the street and the street...

Chateau Migraine

Chateau Migraine  n.— «The director general of one of Egypt’s largest wine-makers, the Lebanese Andre Hadji-Thomas, smiles as he remembers his 1998 visit to the Gianaclis estate, put up for sale 30 years after its nationalisation by then...

convertitis

convertitis  n.— «But converts have something to do with this too: it’s not all about susceptibility to Wahabism and Islamism. In the early months and in some cases early years after conversion to Islam, many undergo what long-standing...

print Islam

print Islam  n.— «Add that to the proliferation of what’s called print Islam, that is to say the media, whether it’s broadcast or printed et cetera, whereby more and more Muslims are aware of what’s going on in other parts of the Muslim...

burqini

burqini  n.— «In a lycra revolution, a cover-all swimming costume is bringing Muslim women on to Australian beaches as lifeguards, unzipping racial tensions which divided parts of Sydney little over a year ago. The two-piece...