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Zapatero a tus Zapatos

Sept 23--A Spanish expression which means “the cobbler should stick to his last,” or “shoemaker, to your shoes!”

As tensions escalate between Colombia and Venezuela over Colombia’s decision to allow US troops access to military bases in the country, VHeadline’s Patrick J. O’Donoghue reported on some ill-advised punning by Colombia’s Defense Minister, Gabriel Silva:

[Silva] brushed aside a mediation offer from Spanish Prime Minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero using a Spanish phrase “zapatero a tus zapatos” (cobbler should stick to his last).

The minister was effectively inviting Zapatero to focus only on Spanish affairs.
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