Lastnight as we were cleaning the kitchen after dinner, we had the most random discussion. I’m not even sure how it came up.
We discussed what our favorite words are. Yep, favorite words. People have favorite foods, favorite colors, favorite animals, etc. Favorite words?
Well, I was happy to read that the author of Eat Pray Love had a favorite Italian word when she was living in Italy. Her word means “to cross the street”. Commonly used by Italians I’m sure, but she liked the way it sounded to her foreign ears. I read that part a while back, but it made me feel better to remember it after our conversation and know we weren’t the only word weirdos out there.
So what’s my favorite word?
Pamplemousse – hear it here
It’s grapefruit in French. I took French in college and I thought that word was so fun. Now I always think pamplemousse when I see a grapefruit and just saying it makes me giggle a little. Seriously, the small things 🙂 I can’t speak a lick of French now, but at least I’ll get chuckles for years from the one thing I retained. Oh and since I just remembered that the discussion came up when I saw a PINEAPPLE on the counter and said PAMPLEMOUSSE, I guess my fancy French cover is blown. I did know the word, but apparently any fruit will do 🙂
I also like the word fleur (flower). My whole family thinks that one is funny for some reason and my mom and dad have been known to say it a laugh on numerous occasions. Clearly I did not fall far from the tree.
Jensen’s word was some medical term he learned in vet school. I’m not even going to try to spell it or explain it, but after learning to say it I can see how its a fun one. I see much less use for it in my day to day than pamplemousse (grapefruit are a little more mainstream), but if it ever comes up, I’ll smile and use it proudly. Probably incorrectly, but proudly all the same 🙂
It’s nice to have a husband who doesn’t look at me weird when I ask him what his favorite word is as I randomly shout pamplemousse before erupting into laughter. He joins right in.
What’s your favorite word, foreign or otherwise?