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TOG wrote: ↑Mon Apr 22, 2019 6:06 pm
We used to wind them up by saying how many English words had been stolen by the French such as Cul de Sac, boulevard, bon appétit etc. It was hard to keep a straight face at times.
Good one, and that list is just endless!
Croissant, baguette, brie. All stolen.
Don't get me started with cordon bleu, Beaujolais and filet.
Paulo wrote: ↑Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:26 am
Other words the French have stolen and pronounce funny include champagne, chardonay, merlot, depot, restaurant ... endless... hearing them is like deja vu all over again.
The whole thing is becoming somewhat clichéd. I was saying to my chauffeur just the other day while en route to the office how much faux love there is for the Frogs, nobody really likes them, not even their own mothers. I once bought quite a chic souvenir t-shirt from France with the words "My fiancé went to Paris, and all she bought me was this lousy t-shirt!", clearly an idea stolen from across the channel. Next they'll be saying Bleu d'Auvergne (c.1850) was invented by them rather than just being a second rate Stilton (c.1720) knock-off. Incroyable.
That's my lot on this thread, will revert to just being a voyeur!
Meum est propositum in taberna mori,
ut sint Guinness proxima morientis ori.
tunc cantabunt letius angelorum chori:
"Sit Deus propitius huic potatori."