Monday, September 11, 2006

What I Learned This Week

1. That the Corsican French for 'car bomb' is attentat à l'irlandaise. Around these parts they just say voiture piègée. Thanks to Ronan for that (see below). Don't worry, I was not being a leech, I gave him trivia in return.

2. That the French for 'colour blindness' is daltonisme, after the 18th-century physicist and chemist John Dalton. Though apparently it exists as a synonym in English too, yet I never knew. I discovered it watching a subtitled film last week, and was momentarily thrown into a linguistic fuzz as the Irish for 'blind' is dalt, which is presumably unrelated.