French/English near homophones that may cause confusion Part 2

Well, thanks for all those brilliant (and frankly weird) suggestions. I’ll be posting a list, with full attributions, soon. In the meantime, I did think of another one. And here it is:

Pastis – that potent and aromatic aperitif,  redolent of lazy afternoons in the baking sun of southern France

and

pasties – Cornwall’s finest, saturated-fat laden gourmet treat, redolent of days spent shuffling round the Eden Project, paying through the nose for parking and amusement arcades where your shoes stick to the carpet.

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17 thoughts on “French/English near homophones that may cause confusion Part 2

  1. Eurgh, pastis. I can’t even look at that picture without feeling sick, due to a regrettable episode of over-indulgence at a party in the south of France in 1992.

    What about ferme auberge and firm aubergine?

  2. In our garden we are glad to have a herisson but not a hairy son – we only have daughters!

    And for dinner tonight we’ll have un chou or maybe a shoe.

    Mrs R: “Enough! Come and cook shoe!”

  3. Ma mémé m’aime – but not as much as she loves a good meme (that makes my grandma a keen “blogueuse” – and myself a blagueur, if not a blogger…)

  4. 100 you’re worth waiting for
    patroclus i have the same reaction to advocat … bleaurgh. i now have visions of a well toned lady cooking ratatouille in an inn.
    jane au contraire, ma chere – those are both excellent
    spy that sounds so much better than the real version – but that’s french for ya
    pen deliciously different – being invited out for a pastis or being invited out for a pasty …
    moobs i’ve had pasties with the consistency of floor cloths – maybe we could combine the two … actually, i’m feeling slightly queasy at the thought.
    london r nice one – my son is rather prickly – maybe that’s his problem.
    rilly re pasties and pastis – i enjoy both in their context, but can’t imagine drinking ricard in cornwall or that a pasty would ever be allowed on french territory (although it’s quite acceptable in rock). as to the previous post, i think i’d rather watch a large door (particularly if it had just been painted) than any surrealist flim. i was scarred for life by un chien andalou … brrrrr
    a n other vous etes sans blog? sans blague! incroyable

  5. Urrgh…pasties and pastis, I can hardly think of a more unappealing culinary combination…but I think I’m getting the hang of this game.

  6. Ah, I’m not even going to try. We Americans can’t be bothered to learn any other languages. (Just kidding!)

    I think I gained a pound just looking at those paties.

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