Monday, November 9, 2015

A Cool Cat

False cognates are words in different languages that sound alike, but have different meanings. These, along with idioms and slang, are possible pitfalls in learning a new language. The French have a term for them: faux amis (false friends).

Madame Bonseigneur was expecting the delivery of a chocolate ice cream cake, but had to go out for a few hours, so she wrote an instruction for her Spanish house boy:

"Surtot, mettez le gateau dans le frigidaire." (Above all, put the cake in the refrigerator.")

And she went off for a time.

Later on, she came back home. There, on the kitchen table, she found the cake largely melted. "Un horreur!"

She was more astounded when she found her cat in the refrigerator, rather cold and ready to be elsewhere!.


The Mistress of the Dark said...

I have a cat that jumps into my fridge every time I open the door.

TexWisGirl said...

laughing at the gato. :)

Linda Kay said...

Poor kitty!!!

John Hill said...

: D

Mike said...

Poor chocolate ice cream cake!

Cloudia said...

More clever fun with you, Angel!

ALOHA, Friend; Thrilled to be back!


Anemone said...

Poor little gato!

Elvis Wearing a Bra on His Head said...

A cold cat!

Gorilla Bananas said...

Poor kitty! I hope she gave the Spanish houseboy a kick in the seat of the pants!

Cherdo said...

Bwahahahahaha...I love the cat picture.