Because our household is bilingual, our “home” language is constantly in flux. Sometimes we may speak completely in one language or the other or even in a mixture of the two, and on occasion, we invent words or phrases because we cannot find an appropriate way to express ourselves in either language (this is often completed by saying a word in one language with the pronunciation of another).
Below are a few words and expressions that have been communicated under our roof. M is my husband and MM is his “mini-me.”
The EuroDictionary is a spinoff of The Dictionary at The Book of Alice.
Acquisitioned: English. The word acquisition, typically a noun, used in verb form. Originated with Eurolinguiste. SYN: acquired.
Bidingue: French. When one can speak two languages, neither well (the way we seem to talk at home). It also refers to when we cannot choose one language to speak in. Originated with Mini M or M, I can’t really remember!
Crowdy: English. A variation of the word crowded. Originated with M.
Crumpy: English. Poor tempered; grumpy. Originated with M.
Enar: French. Another way to say regarder (to look). Originated with M.
Importapean: English. A word to describe someone who has moved from Europe to the US. Originated with my brother as he described our family..
Interestating: English. More syllables add further emphasis in regards to how interesting something may be. Originated with M.
Les Crickets Qui Vol: French. More commonly know as a praying mantis. Originated with M.
(It) Marches: English. It works. As in, “yes, the outlet marches.” Originated with Eurolinguiste.
Meaf: English. An odd amalgamation of the words meat and beef as in “tonight we’re eating meaf and vegetables.” Originated with Eurolinguiste.
Sors: English. Go out. Sounds similar to the English words “sore” or “soar.” Example sentence: “I already sors enough.” Originated with Eurolinguiste.
Toaster: French. To toast. Pronounced toast-ay. In a sentence Est-ce que tu veux que je toaste le pain ? Do you want me to toast the bread? Originated with Eurolinguiste.
Walker: French. A synonym to marcher. Originated with M.
Phrases and their Respective Translations
He didn’t precised – he wasn’t specific. Originated with M.
Hangry beards – Angry Birds. Originated with MM.