Jottings on words in English and French

As far as I know the English word that can be repeated sequentially the most number of times and still make perfect sense is that and it can be repeated six times: he said that that that that that that followed….. If you pause after the third that the sense becomes clearer.

I think that one of the nicest sounding words in English is fartleberry. It has such a soft, fruity sound and yet it refers to something quite unpleasant. Fartleberries are the pieces of excrement clinging to the anal hairs – I use the because of course it could never be your or my!

A French word of which I am fond is grincheux, -euse which can be used as an adjective to mean grumpy or grouchy and as a noun to mean a grumbler or grouser. You might think of me as un vieux grincheux or an old grouch.


Written by glasskey

I am a secondhand and antiquarian bookseller living in France. I have a bookshop in the Cité de l'Ecrit, Montmorillon, near Poitiers. I also sell books on-line through my own website and through various open sites like Abe books, Amazon and Biblio.

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