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Saturday, March 22, 2003  

Abroad Thoughts from Home

Another little nugget from when I was in France:

When watching telly, there was the occasional advert for some awful crooner or other, ending with a closing caption saying the latest album was available on CD and K7. I thought: hmm - K7 must be their format name for audio cassettes. How quaint.

Then on another occasion there was an advert for a movie which had just come out - on DVD and K7. Now I'm thinking: wait a tick - audio cassettes and VHS can't possibly have the same format name - they're nothing like each other. Typical Frog illogic.

It was weeks later that I finally twigged. It's not "K7", it's "ka - sept". It was just French shorthand for "cassette". Silly me.

There must be loads of examples of this in all sorts of languages. The only English one I can think of off hand is "IOU". I wonder whether there are any French people over here wondering quietly what an "eeyoo" is...

posted by Plig | 03:28 |

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