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Carabosse
Carabosse e2 Member 1139392 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
2 Nov 2012 - 9:46 PM


Quote: I speak French, a beautiful language

There is no English equivalent of the Académie Française.......... guardians of the French language! Wink

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 54233 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
2 Nov 2012 - 11:33 PM

eau, sacre bleau!

petebfrance
2 Nov 2012 - 11:42 PM

saperlipopette!

Billlee
Billlee  85531 forum posts England
2 Nov 2012 - 11:52 PM

[ English is unique among languages in that the native country speakers (us, 60 billion) are outnumbered massively by the 'foreign' speakers, 960 billion of them. ]

Really ! The latest estimates for World Population is something over 7 billion, the 7 billion figure being reached round about March 2012 .... unless I am missing something Wink

lemmy
lemmy  71774 forum posts United Kingdom
3 Nov 2012 - 12:20 AM

Typo.....million......you know you are not missing anything...:Sad

Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41181 forum posts United Kingdom196 Constructive Critique Points
3 Nov 2012 - 12:33 AM


Quote: Really ! The latest estimates for World Population is something over 7 billion, the 7 billion figure being reached round about March 2012 .... unless I am missing something

Well, quite literally, 960 billion is over 7 billion.......

TongueGrin

keith selmes
3 Nov 2012 - 10:39 AM


Quote: the Académie Française.......... guardians of the French language

Despite which the French are now enjoying Le Weekend !

I think the guardians are on a hiding to nothing, if you look at their alternatives http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-530403/France-protects-dreaded-English-l...

keith selmes
3 Nov 2012 - 10:41 AM

Really, the adoption of English words into French is a fait accompli Wink

Carabosse
Carabosse e2 Member 1139392 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
3 Nov 2012 - 10:56 AM

Well, chacun à son goût is all I can say! Grin

User_Removed
3 Nov 2012 - 12:19 PM


Quote: Well, chacun à son goût is all I can say! Grin

did you pronounce that correctly? ha ha ha GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

(refer to my prior post where mispronounced foreign expressions is my bug bear Tongue )

Carabosse
Carabosse e2 Member 1139392 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
3 Nov 2012 - 12:22 PM


Quote: did you pronounce that correctly?

Yes - but you'll have to take my word for it! Grin

I used to regularly win the prize for French at school............... but that was a long, long time ago! Wink

mdpontin
mdpontin  106016 forum posts Scotland
3 Nov 2012 - 12:25 PM

"Fully comp". Sounds like little more than an advertising copywriter's attempt at sounding "bloke-ish". Are you fully comp? I'm not. I'm not even partially comp! Oh, you mean do I have a comprehensive insurance policy? Well, why didn't you say so in the first place! Wink

User_Removed
3 Nov 2012 - 12:27 PM


Quote: did you pronounce that correctly?

Yes - but you'll have to take my word for it! Grin

I used to regularly win the prize for French at school............... but that was a long, long time ago! Wink

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mdpontin
mdpontin  106016 forum posts Scotland
3 Nov 2012 - 12:29 PM

Continuing with an advertising theme, how about that now near-ubiquitous phrase, "...does exactly what it says on the tin"? It is trotted out ad (if you'll pardon the pun) nauseum these days, particularly in business. Yes, the meaning is hard to mistake, but...

trivets12
trivets12  101149 forum posts
3 Nov 2012 - 1:00 PM

...there are lessons to be learned from this...
...we need to take this forward and learn from it.........
....you're not seeing the whole picture.....


All of the above get trotted out regularly in the NHS and they are sooooooo meaningless!

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