Wednesday, May 28, 2008

DRINKS & FATNESS IN FRENCH LANGUAGE: THE MISSING LINK

DRINKS & FATNESS IN FRENCH LANGUAGE: THE MISSING LINK

While reinventing the French language, I've made an interesting discovery.
Let me share it while awaiting to be crowned by l'Academie Francaise.

In French, all nouns must be either Masculine or Feminine.
It's just crazy: Table is feminine, while Pen is masculine.
[Crazy ? Well, hold your mares ! Our own Hindi, Punjabi etc are equally fertile in the matter of gender. -Ed].

Now, looking at DRINKS, I just discovered a new pattern.
And it's not very polically correct - but it makes learning easier!
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All drinks that are Feminine in French language have something to do with FATNESS! Incroyable, mais vrai. Read on...

BEER: la biere (think of Fat Olga in Germany)
VODKA: la vodka (think of Fat Babushka in Russia)
WATER: l'eau (think of Fat Mama in drought-and-war-free Africa)
LEMONADE: la limonade (Big and Fat are often synonymns for 'America')
HERBAL TEA: la tisane (what women are into these days, to keep the figure)
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Now you have an easier way to remember which drinks are Masculine, and which ones are Feminine in the French language.
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Any comments welcome. Nageeb

2 comments:

hindi vocabulary, syracuse university said...

That was fun. I guess Nageeb would be comforted to know that it is equally crazy in Hindi where 'paani' (water) is masculine but 'chai' (tea) is feminine !

Anonymous said...

German grammar idiosyncr :
(pointed out by Mark Twain, I think)

Das maedchen (girl) - neutral gender

Die Kartoffel (potato) - feminine.