Sunday, September 29, 2013
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
We all know women define colour in more shades than men do but is that because we see more colour or because we learned to associate colour shades with food names? It's not pink, it's salmon! And when I say salmon, I mean salmon mousse.
Statistically women do have better colour acuity. 1/12 men have some form of color vision deficiency while 1/255 women have some deficiency.
In this test, a series of subtly varied color swatches ranging between two hues is presented out of order, and it's up to you to rearrange the swatches so that the gradient between the two colors is correct.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Cheek colour, Red Stick, Red Mill, you know all of these names using the word "rouge" which is the French word for red.
In French, rouge is pronounced: rooj the rolling of the "R" is the only major difference.
|Rouge- the makeup - can be any range of colour|
Pink in French is rose and beige is, well,
beige because that's already French.
Baton Rouge literally means "red stick". Baton Rouge spoken in American English you know well and in French it sounds almost the same only French-ier. You'll find the pronunciation for both here on the same page.
Why is Baton Rouge named for a red stick?
Wiki mentions the etymology of the name is derived from a French translation of the local Native American name: Istrouma meaning, red stick, thankfully keeping things simple. The stick in question was "a reddish cypress pole festooned with bloody animals that marked the boundary between the Houma and Bayou Goula tribal hunting grounds. They called the pole and its location le bâton rouge, or the red stick."
You want to talk about place names with interesting French words? Saint-Loius-du-Ha-Ha!, complete with exclamation point and located in the province of Quebec, has to be my favourite.
|Moulin Rouge by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec|
Thanks to the 2001 movie, Moulin Rouge, the famous European cabaret show has joined our mainstream consciousness but have you wondered what the name meant?
Moulin Rouge literally means red mill. The meaning of mill can be a windmill, a pepper mill or even a coffee grinder. In this case, the Moulin Rouge is named for the red windmill on the roof of the building.
The Moulin Rouge has been around since 1889.
Moulin Rouge is best known as the spiritual birthplace of the modern form of the can-can dance. Originally introduced as a seductive dance by the courtesans who operated from the site, the can-can dance revue evolved into a form of entertainment of its own and led to the introduction of cabarets across Europe. Today, Moulin Rouge is a tourist attraction, offering musical dance entertainment for visitors from around the world. The club's decor still contains much of the romance of fin de siècle France. [wiki]
English is a hodge podge of words from other languages but it's always interesting to find out that a lot of words we have been saying, without even noticing, originate in a different language. It's also interesting to learn what that language is and what the words actually mean. You're more cultured than you thought.
Monday, September 9, 2013
In French, "désincrustant" is pronounced...actually I don't know how to communicate that one. I searched for pronunciation for this word and got this: "Aucun résultat n'a été trouvé pour le terme 'désincrustant'". Words which here mean "nothing was found for your ridiculous search, you suck".
As you've probably been able to deduce, désincrustant means something like "scrub". It makes your peau fraîche and if that doesn't float your bateau nothing will.
This facial scrub claims to have granules made from apricot pits. Or from l'abricot. A contraction which here sort of means: an apricot
Having once been fairly bilingual, it doesn't take much of an immersion to send me back into thinking/translating/speaking in the kind of horrible, fractured French that would make an actual French-speaking person want to stab themselves in the ears. I recently watched Amélie (2001) starring Audrey Tautou. It's a really cute film and good luck finding a version with English subtitles online. So I watched it in French.
|Here, Amélie is showing us a cuillère, something she uses to crack the|
sugar crust on the top of crème brûlée. Best thing ever!
Here is a video of a Disney chef speaking my kind of French, a kind of French where I string together as many random French words as possible into one sentence and hope nobody French is within hearing. "Mmm ahhn, belle cuisine, Champs-Élysées, Maurice Chevalier...."
English is a difficult and confusing language.
An '80's song with cheap '80's CGI, this song makes up in truth what it lacks in sophistication. We've all known someone who ain't pretty but looks that way. Aww Northern Pikes...where are ya now?