It’s Saturday and, who knows (?), maybe you have a cocktail or dinner party invitation on your calendar tonight. Since I try to be of assistance in all realms of one’s life, I thought two more conversation openers might be in order for the weekend.
1.) Do you know why ships and aircraft use “mayday” as their call for help? (I’m going to tell you.)
Once again, a French mispronunciation. Mayday comes from m’aidez which translates, “help me.” The pronunciation is approximately “mayday” and thus morphed into the word used today.
2.) Tennis anyone? One more time, a slip-up of comprehension. The zero appearing on the scoreboard in France looked like an egg (apparently) which the French naturally called l’oeuf, i.e. egg. When tennis became popular in the United States our ears heard “love” for l’oeuf and voila, love equals zero.
None of this makes much sense, but I believe we should all possess a certain amount of trivia in our social repertoire and these are rather amusing, non? It’s better than talking about the weather, n’est-ce pas (?) but while we’re on the subject, it looks like rain today. Lovely temperatures though.
Do have a beautiful weekend.