-Marc-
> No wonder Microsoft's spellchecker is so lousy ;-) (carabiners,
> from a German word for "carbine hook".

Ah. I had never seen/heard the term, and the guy (Russian) 
called/spelled them "carob-beaners". I wondered how that term had come 
about. What's a "carob bean", anyway?

But I had nothing to do with Microsoft's spell-checker. Otherwise, it 
wouldn't suggest "Bereft" every time I write my name.

> IIRC, aren't Italy's alpine police known as carabinieri?)

Yes, the special forces guys who carry machine guns. Also known as 
carob-beaners.

Stephen

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