Joined: 29 Sep 2004 Posts: 2498 Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2006 4:11 pm Post subject:
I learned a new word in French, and I love the way it sounds. It's "cacahuete" which means peanut. I love the fact it's a legitimate word that starts with "caca."
That is one of the words I learned when I was living in France several, several decades ago.
My high school French was awful, and I am not sure how the patron of the local tabac got it through to me. He was ancient and huge, a member, he said, of le Résistance and his name was Lionel. What I remember to this day is his enormous sausage of a finger pushing into my chest while he said lots of mysterious things including cacahuete and arachid.
I have forgotten so many of the things I've learned in my life but I have not forgotten Lionel or Juliette, his wife. And I haven't forgotten cacahuete or arachid or that they are le même chose. I also remember that cacahuete is from the African and arachid is from the Arabic. And that he communicated all that not with the words that were mostly unintelligible to my very English-speaking mind, but with his finger applied to my chest. _________________ God writes a lot of comedy... the trouble is, he's stuck with so many bad actors who don't know how to play funny. -- Garrison Keillor
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