While scratching my head for an un-lofty name for this humble blog I got side-tracked into making a list of my favorite “words that sound like what they describe” (i.e. onomatopoeia) in French. A little Googling and dictionary-flipping added further to my glee. I hereby reaffirm that French is a delightful language with many many more auditory possibilities than English.
Some of my favorites:
froufrou (“froo froo”) – just sounds frilly doesn’t it?
chouchou (“shoe shoe”) – teacher’s pet
miam miam (“myahm myahm”) – they’re French, they subsist on carbs and fats daily and stay thin, seems appropriate that their word for “yum yum” is somehow the opposite of what we’d expect too
brouhaha (“brew ha ha”) – a noisy hubbub
bric-a-brac – my very favorite
scrogneugneu (“scroh new new”) – an old grouch, can’t you just see the surly grimace?
glou glou (“glue glue”) – glug glug
nunuche (“noo noosh”) – silly
truc (“trook”) – the all purpose word, literally “thingie”
rigolo – means funny, not related to gigolo
boum (“boom”) – a party
and some verbs….
chuchoter (“shoe show tay”) – to whisper
ronronner (“roo rong nay”) – to purr
grignoter (“gree nio tay”) – to nibble
patati et patata – so on and so forth