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Originally posted by Blobby

Are we going to be reading reports of how an unfortunate comment on a sailing website has led to bloodshed and rioting at the previously peaceful Lancing Sailing Club??

Beware Dave, a mumbled retraction rarely does anything to change the facts...be warned that with great power, such as that you wield in this agony forum, comes with great responsibility...

But, back to more serious matters - Dave, I am married to half a foreigner - can I shout at her too?

Of course you can.  But best to shout at her under your breath nice and quietly so as she can't hear you.  This method of shouting protects you from physical injury from either a frying pan or rolling pin.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Black no sugar Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Jun 05 at 8:46am
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And I have heard you shout at him in French!

I shout at a lot of people in French. It's a mark of affection - you're a true friend when you've had your regular dose of French  

Don't believe it's all rude... Some of it is quite benign, but it sounds so much better in French!  It's also a way of attracting attention, I confess... Ask someone to wipe the dishes, and he legs it. Now, say to him "Tu essuies la vaisselle ?" and you've got time to throw the tea-towel at him before he works it out! (hey GaryA?) Useful or what?

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Originally posted by bigwavedave

Originally posted by Blobby

Are we going to be reading reports of how an unfortunate comment on a sailing website has led to bloodshed and rioting at the previously peaceful Lancing Sailing Club??

Beware Dave, a mumbled retraction rarely does anything to change the facts...be warned that with great power, such as that you wield in this agony forum, comes with great responsibility...

But, back to more serious matters - Dave, I am married to half a foreigner - can I shout at her too?

Of course you can.  But best to shout at her under your breath nice and quietly so as she can't hear you.  This method of shouting protects you from physical injury from either a frying pan or rolling pin.

Dave, you are as cunning as a fox who was professor of cunning at the university of Oxford...I will try this tonight

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Blobby Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Jun 05 at 9:54am
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 Some of it is quite benign, but it sounds so much better in French!  

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Too true - calling your other half a cabbage or a cauliflower isn't really taken as a compliment in english...

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Black no sugar Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Jun 05 at 9:56am

Oh, mon chou !  

It's so sweet... 

Lucky you!!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Blobby Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Jun 05 at 10:17am

Actually a friend of mine got in a bit of bother at Uni over this one - he was spending a year in Paris and started seeing a girl from Mauritius...one evening, after a pleasant meal and a good bottle of wine he was feeling particularly affectionate called her his "petit choufleur". 

The reaction he got was excellent and all was well until the following morning when she asked him what time they would call her parents to give them the good news...

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Black no sugar Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Jun 05 at 10:31am

He should have dated a French girl. She probably would have laughed and told him she'd call him one of these days... Trust my bilingual experience: words of endearment (and swear words too  ) are notoriously difficult to pitch - I am talking of register of language, there, before you start comments!

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As I only have school boy French, I worked out Petit/Small and Fleur/Flower but I had to use babelfish for chou.

Is "my little cabbage flower" a term of endearment in France or did something get lost in translation!

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CauliflowerChou-fleur means cauliflower... I've never been called like that, and I strongly advise everyone NOT to try!!    
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bigwavedave Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Jun 05 at 5:09pm

Blobby,  Thank you for your kind comments.

just to let you know I can also predict the future, and am a font of all knowledge, so if there is any thing you would like to know please ask.

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