Sunday, May 01, 2005

MAYDAY! MAYDAY! MAYDAY!

I guess it's time for those damn flowers?

Here's a fun fact to start off my favorite month of the year: The cry "mayday," meaning "I am an aviator or sailor and I could really use some help about now," originates from the French term "m'aidez," meaning "help moi!" (Source: MAXIM, June 2003, the Shania Twain issue.)

Yet another example proving what one of my English professors always said: "English is a whore."

6 comments:

Flamingo Jones said...

I knew that too. Except I didn't learn it from Maxim. I learned it from the BBC show Red Dwarf. (the "stranded on a deserted planet forced to eat dog food episode.)

Ian McGibboney said...

Well, I suppose they're both softcore porn in their own ways.

Flamingo Jones said...

Yeah...BBC IS pretty raunchy.

Michael said...

Jeez, it took them this long to figure it out? Three-quarters of the words in the standard English vocabulary (not including grammatical particles and cuss words) derives from Latin (either directly or through one of the Romance languages) or Greek. I was teaching that factoid to my students 15 years ago.

Ian McGibboney said...

Hey now! I knew that five years ago!!

Minkey Girl said...

Not the Shania Twain issue!!!!!! Nooooooooooo