I see Sweden is making a big showing in my page stats today, while America is completely absent. I probably said something really weird in that subject line, but that’s what comes of using Internet meme vernacular as templates for linguistic puns.

Game of Speculation: Who can read Catalan?

The past couple of days have caught me in a vortex of excitement, uncertainty, helpless ignorance, and pedantry.

The last one is the easiest to explain: when we get news on Game of Thrones filming in Girona, we’re typically getting the news written in Catalan, not in Spanish. They’re similar enough languages, but not interchangeable. Someone who knows Spanish fairly well might not be able to tell you what they’re saying in Catalan.

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