At 11:14 AM 5/8/97 +0100, Martin wrote:
>There's an interesting story about how the Scottish liqueur, Glayva,
>got its name. The R&D company in question were looking for this whisky
>based sweet stuff, and phoned the School of Scottish Studies at Edinburgh
>University to ask them to suggest a suitably Gaelic name. The School
>replied with something like "F**k off, you commercial bunch of w******rs"
>The company, just before ringing off, asked "well what's the Gaelic for
>'very nice' then?" To which they replied "Gle/ mhath, of course."
My Latin prof said he used to have to put up with the same kind of
stuff. A shipping company called to find out which ancient writer had said
"Navigare est necessarium" as they wanted to have it in stone over the
entrance to their new building. He was getting fed up with such requests, so
he told them it was a quotation from Mussolini. Click.