That’s What It Means, If It Pleases You

| Language & Words

(My daughter comes in from school one afternoon and mentions that her teacher has been teaching them some French. I’m initially quite happy about this — but then I get to hear *how* the teacher has been ‘teaching’ them.)

Daughter: “Commehnt tuh appelle too?”

Me: “Not quite; it’s ‘comment t’appelle tu’.”

Daughter: “But Miss told us to pronounce it the way I did.”

Me: “I suspect Miss doesn’t actually speak French, then.”

(A week or so later:)

Daughter: “Miss says that “s’il vous plait” means ‘can I have’.”

Me: “Yeah, I think we’ve definitely established that Miss doesn’t speak French.”

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