I love how potato in French is pomme de terre, which pretty much means “earth apple.”
like what stupid frenchman saw this:
and said “zis petite légume looks like a, how you say, APPLE! hmmm… but it grows in ze earth… HON HON HON! MAIS OUI! C’EST UNE POMME DE TERRE!”
j’adore comment ananas se dit pineapple en anglais, ce qui veut littéralement dire “pomme de pin”, genre quel type anglais a vu ça:
et s’est dit : “ow cette étrange big fruit ressemble à une, how do you say, POMME! hmmm… mais plutôt une pomme qui pousse dans les pins… HU HU HU! OH YES, IT’S A PINEAPPLE!”
(z’avez vu, on peut le faire aussi… hon hon hon!)
You know you had a Catholic upbringing when somebody says “May the force be with you” and your instant reaction is to reply with “And also with you”.
Lift up your lightsabers.
We lift them up to the lord.
Let us give thanks to the Force our guide.
It is right to give the Force thanks and praise.
You know, not that anybody gives a shit what I think about Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy, and by no means am I suggesting by opening my mouth that anybody should be listening to me when I talk, but every post I’ve seen so far about this has been about the misogynistic comments from a dismal few (“ANGELINA - TITS = WHAT’S THE POINT,” seems to be the formula), or people responding to other people’s response to those misogynistic comments, and then it charges off into a conversation that is probably inevitable, under the circumstances, but is not one I’m interested in reading.
And I just kind of want to ignore all of that for a second to say: wow, Angelina Jolie is really brave. And when one of the sexiest, most beautiful women in the world has had a double mastectomy, and isn’t ashamed of it, and doesn’t feel like any less of a woman after having it, that’s going to mean a whole lot to millions of women. It makes me really happy, in a way that’s getting me a bit teary-eyed, to think that from now on, women going through this terrifying and psychologically difficult procedure will be hearing from all their friends: “Of course you’re still going to be beautiful! You’re going to look just as beautiful as Angelina Jolie!”
There are more important things than beauty, and there are definitely more important things than breasts. But damn, when you’re in that white hospital gown, cold and scared and feeling less beautiful than you ever have in your life, that sure would be nice to hear.
Stephen Scobie, on the Naropa Institute’s 1994 tribute to Allen Ginsberg (via thisisendless)
I’m just frozen. Absences of women in history don’t “just happen,” they are made.