On Tuesday nights I take a French course at the university. This week I have a test, I’m feeling prepared so I’m not worried about it. Mind you I’ve felt prepared and then done poorly on my French tests before. There are some things which just don’t translate and are therefore difficult to understand.
For example, I was writing a test on portion sizes in French and the sentence was “Yes I would like a ______ of cake” and the choices were; a can, a bite or a plate. Can was obviously wrong, I’ve eaten cake in many forms but never out of a can. This is not to say that I wouldn’t happily try cake in a can and enjoy it but I crossed that option out. That left two options. I confidently wrote down “a plate” and continued to the next section.
When I got my test back the question was marked wrong. I raised my hand “Excuse me, you mismarked this question” I said to the skinny, size zero jean wearing francophone who was my instructor. He walked over and looked at my test “No” he said “that’s right, you eat a morsel of cake”.
I looked that model-thin, French Canadian in the eye and said “Sir, you underestimate my ability to eat cake and frankly I’m not sure I want to study a language that only permits you to consume a bite of dessert.”
I stopped talking after I was docked another mark.
Regardless I stand by my serving sizes of baked goods. I’d tell you more about my clashes with bearded teaching assistants that I outweigh but I have to figure out how to can cake now. For whatever reason that idea sounds delicious, probably because it’s Fatuary.
I love it! I would have chosen plate, as well, or perhaps written in “platter.” 😀
I might have written in platter myself if I had known the word for it. Cake lovers unite!
I lived in Francophone Switzerland and France for five years. What did I learn about French? That it’s a stupid language. And dangerous: http://fiftyfourandahalf.com/2012/08/29/french-is-dangerous/
Once I got past the whole “You can only have a bite of dessert” thing I was ok with French. Hungry and desiring cake, but accepting. Thanks for sharing that link.
Lol nice! … “One does not simply eat a morsel of cake!”
I couldn’t find cake in a can,… but can made of cake…
or better yet… cake of beer
I haven’t found or figured out how to make cake in a can yet either. However I would happily consume both of those.
I agree, a bite or a morsel of cake is the crumb that falls on the floor that the dog eats, not what a real person eats however it did occur to me it would be handy to have a can of cake in the cupboard……Gran
We should start a movement “Real people eat entire cakes” we could add “and keep cans of it in the cupboard” in fine print.
If there are cupcakes and cakes on lollipop sticks, there should certainly be cans of cake. But I too would prefer a plate or platter since a morsel would just leave me wanting more.
I agree with your canning food items on sticks statement after all we put meat on a stick at carnivals and then put it in a can and labelled in Spam for every other day. We should be able to do this with cake.
P.S. Happy Birthday Unwashed
Way to tell the whole internet when I was born. Just for that I’ll have to tell an embarrassing and overly personal thing about you.
Internet, get ready. Because my mother has a butterfly tattoo on her butt.
Mom, prepare yourself for phone calls from Gran when she finds out what you really got up to last weekend.
Also is this better or worse than the time I announced that loudly as we were walking into your gym?