Some surprising words…

Good day chers amis, a few words of interest for you all…

If I were to say « I feel so enervated » what would be the supposed meaning?
The words energised, innovated or, if we’re French speakers, maybe énerver would probably spring to mind.

The actual meaning is: 

Enervated  – Drained of energy. « This is an enervating heat ».

The same goes for « This street is very noisome » we would probably think this sentence is synonymous with « This street is very loud ».

The actual meaning:

Noisome – Having an offensive smell.

A rather amusing one : Pusillanimous
We would have won if it wasn’t for these pusillanimous players!
What would you guess is the meaning of this word?

Pusillanimous – Lacking in courage, timid.

« I can’ find my way to the vomitorium » …? You are forgiven for thinking a place where people vomit! But actually it means:

Vomitorium – The exit or entrance in an ancient Romain theatre.

Such is the fun of dictionary sessions, we should always search to expand the horizons of our vocabulary or, just for jokes, our vocabuleric  horizons.




English Day Names

English is full of French words, these days it is easy to forget that it is a language which has Germanic and Nordic origins.

Ever get confused with the days of the week and wonder why is Wednesday called Wednesday?

Here is some etymology for you, a quick run down of the origins of the days of the week and their everlasting connection to pagan religions.

Monday — Moon’s day

Middle English monday or mone(n)day
Old English mon(an)dæg « day of the moon »

Tuesday — Tiu’s day

Middle English tiwesday or tewesday
Old English tiwesdæg « Tiw’s (Tiu’s) day »

Tiu (Twia) is the English/Germanic god of war and the sky. He is identified with the Norse god Tyr.

Wednesday — Woden’s day

Middle English wodnesday, wednesday, or wednesdai
Old English wodnesdæg « Woden’s day »

Woden is the chief Anglo-Saxon/Teutonic god. (The Teutons were a Celtic/Germanic tribe) Woden is the leader of the Wild Hunt. Woden is from wod « violently insane » + –en « headship ». He is identified with the Norse Odin.

Thursday — Thor’s day

Middle English thur(e)sday
Old English thursdæg
Old Norse thorsdagr « Thor’s day »

Thor is the Norse god of thunder.

Friday — Freya’s day

Middle English fridai
Old English frigedæg « Freya’s day »
composed of Frige (genetive singular of Freo) + dæg « day » (most likely)
or composed of Frig « Frigg » + dæg « day » (least likely)

Freya (Fria) is the Norse goddess of love, beauty, and fecundity (prolific procreation). She is leader of the Valkyries.

Saturday — Saturn’s day

Middle English saterday
Old English sæter(nes)dæg « Saturn’s day »

Sunday — Sun’s day

Middle English sone(n)day or sun(nen)day
Old English sunnandæg « day of the sun »
Germanic sunnon-dagaz « day of the sun »

English may be covered with Latin rooted words but it is Viking at heart !



Destination Francophonie à Marseille

Nous avons le plaisir de vous annoncer que l’Institut Destination Langues a été choisi pour participer à l’émission Destination Francophonie diffusée samedi 2 et dimanche 3 juin 2018 sur la chaîne de télévision TV5 Monde.

Destination Langues est donc mis à l’honneur dans cette émission qui montre les initiatives prises dans le monde entier pour diffuser la langue française.

Merci aux associations Boud’mer et Migrantour d’avoir rendu cette journée si spéciale en offrant l’opportunité à nos étudiant-e-s de visiter Marseille à travers un point de vue différent !

Pour voir l’émission c’est ici =>


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Dialect of Language ?

Facts of Interest !

A dialect or a language?

Let’s ask the old friend M. Dictionary … See below for the results.

So, where do we draw the line? A dialect is variety within a language but a language is a body of words (or sounds?) which can be used in a common way to communciate, with those who understand them of course.

We seem to use our language to draw lines, the lines being definitions. We must do this however to simply agree upon what we conceive to be meaning. In a way, a definition has no meaning within itself. We choose the meaning for definitions sake because without it we would be pretty lost. The fact we interpret words as solid objects, always conveying the same information, could be at the core of many disagreements individual and global.

As complicated as it may be, perhaps we should see the definiton of a word only as the comprehension of that word. A dialect being a language only when needed and language being a dialect when we choose it to be.

The line between comprehension and meaning. is a fun place to be.

Dialect :


Linguistics. a variety of a language that is distinguished from othervarieties of the same language by features of phonology, grammar,and vocabulary, and by its use by a group of speakers who are set offfrom others geographically or socially.

a provincial, rural, or socially distinct variety of a language that differsfrom the standard language, especially when considered assubstandard.

a special variety of a language:

The literary dialect is usually taken as the standard language.

a language considered as one of a group that have a commonancestor:

Persian, Latin, and English are Indo-European dialects.

jargon or cant.

Language : 

1. A body of words and the systems for their use common to a people who are of the same community or nation, the same geographical area, or the same cultural tradition:

the two languages of Belgium; a Bantu language; the Frenchlanguage; the Yiddish language.

communication by voice in the distinctively human manner, using arbitrary sounds in conventional ways with conventional meanings; speech.

the system of linguistic signs or symbols considered in the abstract(opposed to speech ).

any set or system of such symbols as used in a more or less uniformfashion by a number of people, who are thus enabled to communicateintelligibly with one another.

any system of formalized symbols, signs, sounds, gestures, or the like used or conceived as a means of communicating thought, emotion,etc.:

the language of mathematics; sign language.

the means of communication used by animals:

the language of birds.

communication of meaning in any way; medium that is expressive,significant, etc.:

the language of flowers; the language of art.

By BenSenorBeef

Amazing words

This article is well worth a read. Some amazing words all about weather which i never knew existed.

Weather Article

Some personal favourites…

Crepuscular Ray, Petrichor, Gloriole, Moonbroch.. they’re all great!

Lets check out the petrichor after a monkeys wedding and if we’re lucky maybe we’ll come accross a gloriole!


Reasons why…

Hola, Hello, Bonjour etc.

Here’s an article (link below) to boost our confidence and maybe inflame our desire to progress and learn a (or another)  language(s).

I was particularly interested in number 9. ‘Bring out your inner Spock.’

It’s easy to get lost in the syntax and grammar of a new language and feel bogged down but we should always remember; even by speaking a little and understanding less we  better ourselves and progress. 🙂

Languages to be Learned!