18 JUNE 1994, Page 27

Oxonian spat

Sir: 'There is a phrase in German that has its uses,' declares Professor Norman Stone (`By land, sea and air — eventually', 4 June), 'Gott wird nicht verspottet: which means, 'God will not be mocked'. It is obliging of the Professor to introduce us to this useful Teutonic folk-wisdom, and con- siderate of him to translate it for us, but perhaps we should explain to him that the New Testament has, for some time, been available in English.


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