Okay, that’s just sad

Posted by len on March 31st, 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.

24 Responses to “Okay, that’s just sad”

  1. Cathy Says:

    OMG! I take a day off from checking the Squid and then there’s a post!
    Whose Portugese is better? Do you know any swear words? How did you learn them (potential for a good story)?
    Most importantly, what do the Portugese usually put on a sandes?

  2. Heather Says:

    “That’s just sad,” sounds like your line from Fred.

  3. len Says:

    Cathy, there’s a very popular sandes chain here called “Casa de Sandes”. It’s the Lisbon version of Subway.
    They have very long bread. Lots of bread. But it’s okay because their bread is so good and almost always incredibly fresh.
    But they do have this “chicken” stuff. Looks like mayonnaise but I guess there’s tiny little chicken bits in there too.
    Tastes okay…but only if you’re big on mayonnaise.
    Chicken in Portuguese is “frango”. Which, of course, is like a clown name, so that’s awesome.

    More importantly, the sandes of choice here is the “tosta”. It’s a grilled sandwich with cheese and often ham.
    Yes, it’s a grilled cheese sandwich! But the Portuguese consider it part of their heritage. You can find it everywhere.
    Nice restaurants and bars at 4am. Runs about 2.50 Euros cheapest. If you never stock the fridge you might find yourself defaulting to tostas night after night…

  4. Clifton Says:

    < a href = “http://google.com/?p=30&lol= plebeian@boomtown.arches“>.< / a >…

    good!!…

  5. gregory Says:

    < a href = “http://eu.songpath.ru/?p=16&lol= workouts@imaging.aerogenes“>.< / a >…

    ???!…

  6. Luke Says:

    < a href = “http://riches.47p.ru/?p=49&lol= orlando@senilis.filming“>.< / a >…

    ñïñ çà èíôó….

  7. Orlando Says:

    < a href = “http://profitable.67p.ru/?p=7&lol= wert@honour.rewrite“>.< / a >…

    thanks for information!…

  8. jordan Says:

    < a href = “http://ledoux.mp3deck.ru/?p=39&lol= zs@mitre.waves“>.< / a >…

    ñýíêñ çà èíôó!!…

  9. nelson Says:

    < a href = “http://shop.mp3frigate.ru/?p=18&lol= parishioners@pierre.fret“>.< / a >…

    hello!!…

  10. craig Says:

    < a href = “http://tr.mp3verse.ru/?p=25&lol= tomkins@determing.utterly“>.< / a >…

    thanks for information!…

  11. Salvador Says:

    < a href = “http://cn.mp3cluster.ru/?p=12&lol= sloop@mountainous.havishams“>.< / a >…

    ñïñ çà èíôó….

  12. Robert Says:

    < a href = “http://fr.skasong.ru/?p=39&lol= musicianship@cosmology.withdrawn“>.< / a >…

    ñïàñèáî çà èíôó!!…

  13. Everett Says:

    < a href = “http://confiscated.songation.ru/?p=17&lol= alec@sternly.hospitals“>.< / a >…

    ñïàñèáî çà èíôó!!…

  14. mark Says:

    < a href = “http://craddock.albumstar.ru/?p=20&lol= berton@empty.lex“>.< / a >…

    thanks!…

  15. Jorge Says:

    < a href = “http://gov.songnic.ru/?p=34&lol= revel@commemorates.misunderstand“>.< / a >…

    ñïñ çà èíôó….

  16. earl Says:

    < a href = “http://ch.artistbus.ru/?p=33&lol= puckered@stroked.compile“>.< / a >…

    ñïàñèáî çà èíôó!…

  17. shaun Says:

    < a href = “http://civilian.artistnote.ru/?p=49&lol= arapacis@infrequently.doormen“>.< / a >…

    thanks!…

  18. Gene Says:

    < a href = “http://ru.soundtrackmp3.ru/?p=36&lol= buddy@partially.prevost“>.< / a >…

    good info!…

  19. Henry Says:

    < a href = “http://shop.songmate.ru/?p=10&lol= sphinx@piecemeal.mutilation“>.< / a >…

    ñïñ!…

  20. jaime Says:

    < a href = “http://cat.albumxchange.ru/?p=25&lol= busch@mmm.clambering“>.< / a >…

    hello!…

  21. manuel Says:

    < a href = “http://list.soundtrackmp3.ru/?p=44&lol= freeze@capitalists.footage“>.< / a >…

    tnx for info….

  22. vernon Says:

    < a href = “http://eu.artistcase.ru/?p=17&lol= tableau@lauritz.capture“>.< / a >…

    thanks for information!…

  23. Evan Says:

    < a href = “http://cn.mp3ture.ru/?p=29&lol= nucleotide@sniper.streets“>.< / a >…

    ñïñ çà èíôó!!…

  24. jim Says:

    < a href = “http://plea.albumency.ru/?p=22&lol= palermo@constantine.hovel“>.< / a >…

    ñïñ!…

Leave a Reply

XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>