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If a Picture is Worth 1000 Words… Taking a Look at Some Nicknames

There’s this game my little brother and I like to play.  We start of with a sentence or expression in French or English and translate it over and over again until it becomes badly morphed and incomprehensible in either language.  For instance, one day we decided to play on the work “ok”.  “Ok” became “au quai” (we basically took the sound the initial ‘ok’ made and translated into two French words) and “au quai” (‘au’ meaning ‘at’ and ‘quai’ meaning ‘dock’) became “at the dock”.  This is a very short example, but represents well the type of play on words we do.  Of course, when we talk to one another, either one of us can say “at the dock” to the other to the great bewilderment of the people around us.  It’s fun.

This little game got me to thinking about how somethings just don’t translate well from one language to another.  Nicknames are no exception to this difficulty.  Listed below are the most commonly used nicknames (in no particular order) that we use to designate our son.  I will provide the word for word English translation as well as a picture to illustrate the name.  There will be some pretty funny results.

1.  ‘Ti-Loup: Little Wolf

Ok, so wolves are kinda cute, so it's not that bad a nickname.
Ok, so wolves are kinda cute, so it’s not that bad a nickname.

2.  ‘Ti-Pou: Little Head Lice

https://i2.wp.com/upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/45/Male_human_head_louse.jpg/250px-Male_human_head_louse.jpg
Probably the worst of all the nicknames my son is given and the one used the most often my his father and father’s parents. Icky head lice *shudder*.

3.  ‘Tite-Grenouille: Little Frog

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Frogs can be cute too!

4. ‘Ti-Poulet: Little Chicken

I realized while searching for an image that "Chicken" was the term used to designate cooked rooster meat.  Hum, not so cute...
I realized while searching for an image that “Chicken” was the term used to designate cooked rooster meat. Hum, not so cute…

5.  Monsieur Glouton: Mr. Greedy

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This misshapen blob-like pinkish-purple creature isn’t exactly what a normal person would call cute.

6.  Monsieur Curieux: Mr. Nosey

https://i0.wp.com/www.umnet.com/pic/diy/screensaver/5/Mr-Nosey--53024.jpg
With his oversized nose and green tint, Mr. Nosey doesn’t exactly qualify for a 10 on the cuteness scale.

7.  Schtroumpf Grognon: Grouchy Smurf

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This little blue dude is always pouting. Good thing his is not the most used nickname with my son!

8.  ‘Ti-Cul: Little Bum

https://i2.wp.com/farm4.static.flickr.com/3467/3365926494_675d662d99.jpg
A bum isn’t the cutest thing in the world, but there is something about a baby bottom that is just plain adorable!

9.  ‘Tite Porte de Grange: Little Barn Door

Also not so cute...  This one refers to the sound he makes when he gets cranky because of gas.
Also not so cute… This one refers to the sound he makes when he gets cranky because of gas.

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