Posted by len on 31st March 2008
How many days since the last post now? Eegad! If any of you are regular readers, and we really have no clue but have to assume, from the number of comments posted, that you could all squeeze into a Mini Cooper for a trip to Dairy Queen, we apologize for not posting more regularly.
This post is, therefore, a warm-up for a veritable barrage of exciting Portopean (European with a Portuguese emphasis) news and happenings.
Basically, we’re living life as it comes here in Lisbon.
Susan is starting her third trimester (woah!) of the school term (whew!).
Len is working on some water and droid simulation work from home.
And for you schools that study our page for your mandatory international exposure curriculum, here’s a tidbit about Portugal that I find interesting:
Apparently Portuguese people didn’t have sandwiches before America ‘invented’ them. Okay, maybe England. Or someone in Germany. Some Earl.
Decades ago Portuguese people used the word “sandwich”, borrowed from English.
But that was problematic since the Portuguese alphabet does not include the letter “w”. (it is kind of silly when you think about it, “double U”?) So pronouncing this weird foreign word was challenging.
So about 50 years ago (I’m making that number up) they decided to Portuguese-ize ‘sandwich’ into the new, officially Portuguese word “sandes”. Which, by standard Portuguese pronunciation sounds like “sandesh”. You can see that they basically just removed the troublesome “w” syllable in the middle, which people were probably doing automatically in struggling to say the word.
How is our Portuguese coming, you may wonder? We know how to say sandwich. That’s all I’m sure of at the moment.