“Spanish Court Defenestrates Catalan Leader!”

I find the EUObserver’s Europhilia off-putting, and I despise their nasty witch-hunting….



…and now I have to add their poor command of the English language…




…to my reasons for disliking that only occasionally useful part of the media.

That headline of theirs, which I have made my own headline, would seem to herald an unusual, dramatic and possibly horrifying story.

But instead we get this!

Spain’s Supreme Court has barred the regional president of Catalonia, Quim Torra, from holding office because he displayed separatist banners from a government building during Spain’s general election last year. https://euobserver.com/tickers/149576

The meaning of defenestration is unambiguous.

It means being thrown out of a window.

One does not need to have learned Latin to know this. One only needs a little familiarity with Central European history.

The Defenestration of Prague is a famous moment – and an unfortunate one for those defenestrated 402 years ago….


The Defenestration of Prague of 1618 by Karel Svoboda.

…though it could have been worse.

The two Catholic delegates landed in a heap of dung, so were not seriously injured, despite a long fall.

Needless to say, that Catalan geezer was not removed from his office in any manner resembling that by which those poor guys in the painting were.