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Oct 30, 2008

Hungarian Black Soup

The Financial Times is always filled with delicious gems. Consider this one from today's Lex Column.

"Hátravan még a feketeleves" was a phrase muttered around Hungary yesterday as details of a massive $25 billion lifeline emerged. Literally, this means "the black soup is yet to come" - a way of saying that, after a pleasant interlude, bad times lie ahead. It dates from the 150 year Ottoman occupation when, after a meal with their new rulers, out would come coffee, a previously unknown beverage in Hungary, and the unpleasant business of tributes and taxes would be broached.

Lovely bit of history, and an even finer tribute to Magyar acerbity.


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