Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Haro, I must be going

“It’s the kind of place where you’d never be left in your house dead for four or five days,” said Peter Gabriel-Byrne, a singer-songwriter and sometime construction worker here.
—Sarah Lyall, Sark Journal, NYT

The rest of the article is totally worthwhile: gratuitous Iraq comparisons, identical-twin billionaires, and...haro!

According to ancient Norman law, people here who believe their rights are being violated can halt the offending action by dropping to their knees, raising one hand and crying out in front of witnesses “Haro, Haro, Haro!” followed by a French phrase meaning, roughly, “I have been done wrong.”


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