Pasta with Tuna, White Beans and Fresh Tomato Sauce; Faux Amis — 14 Comments

  1. This sounds lovely! And I learned so many vocab words today from your post! I have never understood that whole “freedom fries” crap over here either. Sometimes it is embarrassing (and I don’t mean pregnant) to be an american.

  2. I love your confusion (mainly because you conform mine hehe). First trip to the US, we ordered our main course and when I spotted a baked brie listed as an entree I thought..yum! and ordered that too.
    Waiter looked at me, turned to my DH-to-be and asked: is she -jerk of the head- going to eat that all? Needless to say I was slightly irritated, I mean the “she”, the over my head talk, and having to rescue my Cabernet from -horror- ice cubes…
    Confused we both said that yes, that’s what we wanted and were served a huge wheel of Camembert and bread. No, we didn’t finish it.
    Welcome to the US; “Hi, I’m Mark and I’m your waiter tonight” -insert toothy smile-. We explained the confusion to our waiter and yes now he knew where we were coming from: Europe, yes, Holland, yes, Kopenhagen right?

  3. That quote from Bush is a classic! What a bone head that man is! Can’t wait to get him out of the White House and back to Texas where he belongs!

  4. Michelle, so many words to trip me up! And sometimes, hard to explain.
    Susan, yeah, that was truly ridiculous and emphasized the lack of knowledge by the people who came up with it… Embarrassing!
    Baking Soda, I love the great command of world geography (not to mention culture) exhibited by so many in the U.S. (Is France a country?) And yes, the toothy-grin, overly friendly waiters drive me bonkers!
    Zoomie, you mean Texas will take him back!?!?!?

  5. LOL! I also did a post on false friends recently (I think it was my celeriac remoulade post) – we took some Spanish classes in the Spring and founf hordes of false friends!! I have also always shaken my head at the use of entree as a main course… Pasta sounds lovely though!

  6. English is a wonderfully confusing language. You’re complaining about every day words now, but wait until you see the vast array of odd words if you start playing Scrabble seriously. Talk about borrowed words! 🙂

  7. I remember confusing matress and sailor…many years ago.
    Thanks for sharing all those confusing words and a great dish for Presto Pasta Nights.

  8. “”The problem with the French is that they don’t have a word for entrepreneur.” -George W. Bush, discussing the decline of the French economy with British Prime Minister Tony Blair.”
    Phony quote:
    Claim: President George W. Bush proclaimed, “The problem with the French is that they don’t have a word for entrepreneur.”
    Status: False.

  9. Thanks, Poonam, I like colorful food!
    Jeanne, I think we run into more of a problem as soon as we think we understand a language… over-confidence gets me everytime!
    Michelle, I haven’t played Scrabble in yonks! I used to love that game…
    Ruth, I can’t begin to remember all of the confusing words I’ve uttered..
    CJ, You may well be right… Although I’ve found a site that says it’s accurate. It’s so popular now I’m sure it will stay in the ‘quotes’, regardless.