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The French They Are A Funny Race
"his French sparked unintended laughter: 'When I look at my backside, I find it is divided into two parts.'"
-- from an article in The Times
about the translation-based travails described in the just-published memoirs of a British diplomat
It [his French] sparked “unintended laughter.” And no wonder. Even schoolchildren in France know that when something is divided, it must necessarily be divided, both en principe and also as a matter of principle, just as Gaul itself, by Caesarian sections, was once divided, in partes tres.
Someone from the Embassy staff should have told him.