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Carabosse Plus
11 39.7k 269 England
2 Nov 2012 9:46PM

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 Plus
6 4.9k 29 England
2 Nov 2012 11:33PM
eau, sacre bleau!
2 Nov 2012 11:42PM
saperlipopette!
Billlee Plus
8 5.5k England
2 Nov 2012 11:52PM
[ 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 Plus
7 2.1k United Kingdom
3 Nov 2012 12:20AM
Typo.....million......you know you are not missing anything...:Sad
Sooty_1 Plus
4 1.3k 203 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2012 12:33AM

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
11 7.1k 1 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2012 10:39AM

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-language-banning-fast-food-podcasting.html
keith selmes
11 7.1k 1 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2012 10:41AM
Really, the adoption of English words into French is a fait accompli Wink
Carabosse Plus
11 39.7k 269 England
3 Nov 2012 10:56AM
Well, chacun à son goût is all I can say! Grin
User_Removed 2 155 2 South Africa
3 Nov 2012 12:19PM

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 Plus
11 39.7k 269 England
3 Nov 2012 12:22PM

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 Plus
10 6.0k Scotland
3 Nov 2012 12:25PM
"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 2 155 2 South Africa
3 Nov 2012 12:27PM

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 Plus
10 6.0k Scotland
3 Nov 2012 12:29PM
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 Plus
10 1.3k
3 Nov 2012 1:00PM
...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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