Also, dude, tapirs are much bigger and much more pouncy and speedy and gallopy than they look in the pictures.
Then we visited a nearby bakery in the picturesque downtown area, where I obtained a cinnamon roll without any frosting, and truepenny procured a Boston creme doughnut.
The sounds of munching were heard far and wide.
Progress notes for 24 May 2005:
Whiskey & Water
New Words: 1,450
Total Words: 91,614 / 10,2750
Reason for stopping: laptop battery dying
Mammalian Assistance: much entertaining cat bouncing
Exercise: walking around the zoo for a couple hours with truepenny
Mail: a totally fair critique of the bad Quebecois in Hammered from Language Log.
My French is adequate to read road signs and menus and not much more, so I recruited a couple of fairly fluent friends to provide translations and suggestions--and then we worked to make the French as transparent as possible to English speakers, which meant sticking to close cognates and parallel constructions.
The only justification for that is that, Quebecois does borrow English terms and constructions fluidly and frequently, and I expect that to get even more prevalent in the future--but that's handwaving, frankly, and it's all it is.
The French is just plain wrong in several places.
Alas for the limitations of my abilities. I comfort myself that my French is no worse than Shakespeare's, anyway. *g*
Today's words Word don't know: n/a
Tyop du jour: n/a
Darling du jour: a black silk bag adding the illusion of fullness to a tiny, almost hypothetical ponytail.
Books in progress: Chris Moriarty, Spin State
Interesting research tidbits of the day: n/a
Other writing-related work: n/a