Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Big Fry Gets French On Me

I knew there would be a day when I would have to stop hoping the American half of Big Fry's DNA would take over. The day has come.



Big Fry came home from his posh school today and when I asked him if he had fun he answered, "Oui." Not just "oui", but the kind of French oui that makes me gasp for air because that was what Big Fry sounded like he was doing. It's a combination of saying "Oui" while at the same time breathing in rapidly. It could be mistaken for the hiccups actually.



Then it got worse. When I asked Big Fry what he did at school, he answered, "Sais pas" (translation: I dunno). Not pronounced "Say Pa" but "Shay Pa." Then he stuck his little chin out and shrugged his shoulders. If you've lived with the French long enough, you know what I mean. This a typical French mannerism. Let's put it into context:



La Mom: "Bonjour Monoprix Saleslady. Can you help me? I can't find the lightbulbs."

Monoprix Sales Lady: "Sais Pas" (shoulder shrug & chin jutt).

La Mom: Well, since this is the electrical supply department, you don't have a clue as to where they are?"

Monoprix Sales Lady: "Sais Pas" (shoulder shrug & chin jutt). Ask my colleague over there (points to the tableware department). This isn't my department."



I think the combination of Oui + Sais Pas + shoulder shrug & chin jutt could actually become the next dance craze. Kind of like the Tektonik is now or the Running Man was back in my high school days. I'd call it, "Doin' the Shay Pas."

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is a great blog!!! You tell like it is with humour & style. Keep the posts coming.

Another pseudo-Parisian maman

Anonymous said...

This is a great blog! You tell it like it is with humour & style. Keep the posts coming.

Another pseudo-Parisian mommy

Sherry said...

Yes! The breathing in "oui!" I always wondered where that came from, because when I try doing it, it makes me hyperventilate. Who invented that?

 

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