One of my Christmas albums has on it the song “Mull of Kintyre” by Wings (Paul McCartney et al.), my favourite Paul McCartney solo song. My girlfiend, who loves putting me on the spot, asked me “what’s a Mull of Kintyre”? I told her “something in Scotland.” We both realized this answer was insufficient, so I did some research. Here’s what I found out:
mull = friable forest humus
Kintyre = Scottish peninsula
Isle of Mull = island off the coast of Scotland, to the north of the Kintyre region
mull of kintyre = mud of kintyre? can’t be.
So, tyred of mulling it over, I turn to my kin at the SDMB for The Straight Dope.
All together now
Quand les talons claquent, l’esprit se vide.