Yep, I know I say it (almost) every week, but this week, it’s a cracker – one of my all-time favourite French words 👍👍
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Word of the Week:
How to pronounce it:
Depending on the context, it can either mean ‘marmoset’ (à la the little monkeys in the photo above that only seem to have two settings in their facial expression repertoire: ridiculously cute or absolutely terrifying), or ‘cheese’ (the one you say when you’re having photos taken… or whipping out your phone for a selfie on the sly).
Why not try out saying ‘ouistiti’ instead of ‘cheese’ when you’re getting ready for your next selfie/photo session?
The French naturalist Georges-Louis Leclerc visited their habitat in the eighteenth century, and observed that they ‘were no more than half a foot in length’ and that their markings consisted of ‘rings that were alternately in black and white’.
When Leclerc heard the monkeys, he thought that the noise they made sounded like ‘ouistiti’. And the name’s stuck ever since.
“Allez, on va prendre une photo – ouistiti!”
“J’ai vu des ouistitis au zoo hier.”
“Let’s have a photo – cheese!”
“I saw marmosets at the zoo yesterday.”
Un lémurien = Lemur
Un loris = Slow loris
Un galago = Bush baby
Un paresseux = Sloth
Un mammifère = Mammal
Un singe = Monkey
How about you, what are your favourite French words? Let me know, and you could have your word featured very soon on the blog!
À la prochaine, mes amis!