The PL Times
The Official Punchy Lands’ Newspaper
Monday, March 10, 2014
ANNOUNCEMENT: Punchy Family, welcome to Portugal Week in the Punchy Lands! This week’s posts will concentrate on the PL’s Portugal. A big thanks to SusanP for really, really, really helping the professor out! Welcome to Punchy Portugal Week!
Section A. Punchy Proverbs:
V. Shnodgrate vacationed this week, but he loves the following Portuguese Proverbs. (I don’t think he liked the professor’s thoughts, though.)
(1) Ainda que vistas a mona de seda, mona se queda.
Translation: A horse who has a golden harness isn’t better than any other.
Meaning: You can cover up ugly but it’s still ugly.
Professorish gleaning: Apparently, not even a top hat would help.
(2) A mentiroso, boa mémoria.
Translation: Liars need to have a very good memory.
Professorish gleaning: The professor would not make a good liar.
(3) Antes só do que mal acompanhado.
Translation: It’s better to be lonely than to keep company with evil people.
Professorish gleaning: That’s why the professor is lonely: all the good people flee from him.
Section B. The professor speaks:
Well, this professor sort of promised FictionFan some professorish poetry, I think. I really can’t remember. So, here it is:
When in doubt,
take a bout,
of an activity,
hatred with magnanimity.
Section C. What the PL’ers have to say:
A short conversation:
MR. MAGI: Young man, what have I told you?
SCHWARZ TAUPTINKER: Don’t really recall, do you?
MR. MAGI: Of course I do, or I wouldn’t be asking!
SCHWARZ: Okay. What was it?
MR. MAGI: Umm….it was…I forget.
SCHWARZ: Yeah, me too.
Section D. Featured Story: Portugal Tours
by J. Freedwoppen
Portugal Tours Inc. is all the talk around the Punchy Lands.
The company is a new one, but PL’ers are already excited about taking a tour to Portugal.
“What we offer,” said one spokeswoman for the company, “is a great tour, a knowledgable tour guide, and lots of fun. Who would pass that up?”
Some have doubts if the company is reputable.
“It sounds too good to be true,” Mr. Magi commented. “I mean, what tour guide doesn’t want to rip you off? Read Mark Twain’s The Innocents Abroad for proof.”
But Mr. Magi’s isn’t being heeded.
Section E. Hearing from the PL Family:
PL family, if you have any questions about the Punchy Lands, characters, or anything Punchy, feel free to comment below.
The Punchy Times principal reporter, J. Freedwoppen, would be more than glad to cover or investigate your query. (Make sure to clearly indicate your question for Mr. Freedwoppen.)
The PL Times!