Every day I feel more at one with the Catalans.
This is weird though.
Someone today told me to, "Speak Christian."
This is actually a relatively grave insult from my understanding, and I presume it harkens back to the days of the expulsion of the Moors from Spain, and continued with expulsion of the Jews; which gives it a working and violent lifespan of around a 700 years or more. In recent times it has been used, and still is occasionally used, by Spanish speaking Spanish people (usually fairly right wing ones) against Catalans.
While Franco was in power, it was used quite commonly. The assumption being, of course, that you were not lovable in the eyes of God, were uncivilised and heathenish if you didn't speak Spanish. In all of these instances a certain level of threat was being invoked as well, in all of them fairly dire.
So, it is not a nice thing to say. Let's leave it at that.
I can also safely say it was said by a person from whom I have no concerns about his opinion...and never will. No threat was implied simply because of our relative age, and power.
Nonetheless he was swiftly and fiercely told. off.
And I got some great blog fodder out of it.