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IgottolearnofwhatElCorteInglesmeantatthecomprehensiveschoolthankstoateacher
calledMrFlores,ourSpanishlanguageteacher.Heaskedallthepupilsageneralquestion
aboutwhatdidelCorteInglesactuallymeantandIputmyhanduptohazardaguess.Until
then,throughoutmychildhoodwatchingSpanishTVrightuptomyearlyteens,despitehave
seensomanycommercialsonthescreenaboutElCorteInglesdepartmentstores,Ihadnot
madeanyconnectionastoitstruemeaning.
MrFloreschosemefromthestandofarmsavailablebeckoningbeingselectedandIquickly
suggested,"TheEnglishCut,"anexpressionI'dlearntafterbeingfascinatedafewyearsback
aboutthematerialcalledtweedwornbyacharacterinthecomicbookAsterixInBritain.He
askedmetoelaborateastowhatIpreciselymeantaboutmyanswerandafterquickly
cerebrallycomputingananswercameoutwiththetranslation,"TheEnglishStyle."Hewas
verypleasedwithmyanswerandsaidthatwasthereplyhewanted.
Iwasverypleasedwithmyselfthattime,havingprovidedananswerfromscratch,somuchso
thatthememorableeventresurfacedinmyfortieswhenIhadtocometotermswithbeingso
AnglicizedandgoingtoSpainregularly.IhadbecomesoAnglicizedbecauseIusedtospend
verylongperiodsbymyselfwithonlytheBBCWorldServiceradioforcompanyandbecause
oftheBritishenvironmentGibraltarprovided.IalsospentacoupleofyearsinEnglandandthe
Englishwerealwaysverynicetome.ItwasthenthatIbecameadevoteeofStGeorgehaving
beenbroughtupwiththestoryofhowhekilledthedragon.
WhenIgotoSpainnowIjustverynicelynormal,anacceptablestrongelementoftheirculture
andoneofthem,especiallybecauseofmyGibraltarianbilingualism.

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