Word Geek

Excerpted from a Gmail chat earlier today:

me: hi
: hi! I’m reading about beer
me: um
: for work
me: for work?
: okay, really taxes on beer
me: why are you reading about taxes on beer?
: Because they have been proposed for this leg session but there’s been no movement on the bill
me: well, Oregon does love its beer
: our beer and wine industry has spent beaucoup bucks on campaign contributions and lobbying.
me: is that how you’d spell “beaucoup”??
: Don’t know. The bill might tax other stuff. Pretty sure — I took French, you know. In high school and college.
me: you know, I never knew that was a real word. I think I thought it was a word made up. she does that, you know
: Huh. Who knew?

And I was serious! I never knew beaucoup was a word. I never really thought about it till heard someone other than my sweetie use it, which happened this afternoon. I just thought it was a cute word she had made up.

Oddly enough, this is not the first time this has happened to me. When I was in elementary school, there was some word — damn it, now for the life of me I cannot remember which one — that I really thought I had invented until I heard someone else use it.

Also, I pronounced the word “famished” as though it were a French word until I got to junior high and heard someone else pronounce it.


~ by realsupergirl on May 3, 2007.

3 Responses to “Word Geek”

  1. Knowing Kaphine, assuming she made up the word is probably the safe road to take until you have evidence to the contrary. 😉

  2. I’m trying to imagine how to pronounce “famished” as if it were French. I’m impressed with your use of the subjunctive, by the way.

  3. Say the word with the accent on the second syllable and as though it had an “ee” instead of an ‘i.”

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