Ce qui me gêne

27 Apr

A macaroon (macaron in French) is a small cake made predominantly from ground almonds. The name comes from an Italian word, referring to the method of turning the almonds into a paste. In France, they have developed the style to those delicious little sandwiches in wonderful flavours, and they are now conquering the world with their sugary yumminess. The French have only one word for almond-based cakes – they call them all macarons. To use the word macaron as an English speaker is completely unnecessary – we have a perfectly functional word to describe the item, and it’s a direct translation from the French word.

In all honesty, it seems a little silly to use foreign phrases when our own will do. Except for in the title of this blog post, of course. We don’t shun the word cheese in favour of fromage, simply because we are eating Roquefort. Unfortunately, it has become so widespread (oh, Wikipedia) that a lot of people do not even know that macaron and macaroon mean the exact same thing, but I’d bet money that it originated with the sort of people who say things like “au contraire” a lot.

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3 Responses to “Ce qui me gêne”

  1. greekmelie April 27, 2012 at 6:10 pm #

    It really does look fake and obnoxious when people do that, doesn’t it? I also hate it when people keep using English phrases in the middle of Greek conversations. I mean seriously, they’ve been out of the country for something like 3 months and suddenly they can’t even remember basic phrases of their own maternal language? Give me a break! It happens to me too, but not 15 times in a sentence. I don’t buy it. And what really really gets to me is when people use or write the phrases wrong. viola? guten morgan? Either get it right, or stop bothering me. Ha! I really do have issues with this, don’t I?

    • Becca April 27, 2012 at 6:13 pm #

      Oh Melie… When I write my blog posts, I’m pretty much just writing them to you! Haha!

      • greekmelie April 27, 2012 at 6:28 pm #

        oh! that makes me feel so important! :-)

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