The French are world-renowned for their dedication to their language (it sounds nicer than calling them snobs).
However, now they may have taken it too far. They have banished the hashtag…or at least the term “hashtag.”
France’s Commission Générale de Terminologie et de Néologie announced this week that all government references to hashtagged words and phrases, will now use the French term “mot-dièse,” which means, “sharp word.”
It’s either a gross over-estimation of the caliber of thoughts that accompany the majority of hashtags (they’re not all that “sharp”).
Or it’s oddly fitting. Read the rest of this entry
I was considering the title of …herdederdeder, but it occurred to me that only two people (literally, you know who you are) would get that reference, so I skipped it.
But I’m not one to completely waste comedic moments. So, let me explain.
I love all things French (painting, food, music, etc.). So obviously, when it came time to pick a foreign language in high school I chose la langue francaise.
I went on to take five years of French, for multiple reasons:
1.) it’s a beautiful language/culture…anyone who’s seen my apartment knows it’s an homage to Paris.
2.) my high school and university made me.
3.) I can’t roll my R’s. That flemmy sound that the French make with their R’s I’ve got it down pat, but the rolling thing you need for Spanish…I sound like a bad impersonation of a car that won’t start. Hence, herdederdeder…
So…what’s the point?…Flash forward to this past weekend when I “re-taught” (really she wasn’t snapping before, but I’ll be kind) a friend how to snap(My apologies to the other people on the Red Line, but we’ve all been a part of the “obnoxious” group on the train).
At the moment I was floored that no one had told her that snapping is supposed to make a sound. But then I thought of my R’s (of course, I’ve always know I’m not supposed to sound like a busted engine), and of all the times that people don’t get my references.
And I realized something. Yes, I’m usually shocked when people don’t get my references (because they’re a part of my life everyday), but I love teaching people how to snap/explaining who Nathan Lane and Dame Judi Dench are (not obscure references for most, but there are exceptions to every rule, and I love them).
But even more than that I love learning about the references that go over my head (yes, it happens). And I love being taught how to roll my R’s (even though it’s a lost cause).
So, here’s to incorrect snapping, broken down cars, lost references, and ultimately not knowing everything (yet)…life’s more fun that way.