Addendum to Mind Games

Someone commented to me that my “little men” reminded them of the movie Inside Out and suggested I see it.  Actually, I have seen it.  But here is France it is called Vice Versa.  (Language note – Latin is not pronounced the same everywhere.  We say Vice… well, you know how to say Vice.  The French say Vee-se.  So when I first said I had seen Vice Versa, no one here knew what I meant.)

So yes, I did think that those Pixar people had been visiting in my brain.  And I should have mentioned Inside Out as I did the Minions.  But there is a difference.  My little men are in more of a Myers Briggs’ Thinker’s control center.  You’d find all those Feelings over in the MBTI Feeler’s brain.

OK OK OK.  I am NOT denying Feelings – just trying to be funny here!  (MBTI coach sense of humor…)

And today I finally found a French term that means to laugh a lot… to have a good time.  Se marrer.  So now I am feeling better about the French having fun.

From an article by Adam Jacot de Boinod:

Cultural vocabularies:  how many words do the Inuits have for snow?  The Inuits are not alone in having many words to describe a thing that preoccupies them, patterns occur in the vocabularies of many cultures.

It is informative to look at where the preponderance of words fall within a language. We all know about the somewhat apocryphal plethora of Inuit words for snow (many of which describe the varying stages of the melting process) but it is undoubtedly true that the Hawaiians have 65 words alone for describing fishing nets, 108 for sweet potato, 42 for sugarcane and 47 for bananas (the basic food stuffs). Scotland goes into extraordinary distinctions for foul weather, Somali have a huge number of words for camels (many of which depict their different basic feeding and sexual practices) and likewise the Greeks have a range of expressions for face slapping and the Baniwa tribe of Brazil 29 words for ants and their edible varieties.

I really want to see more words that allow the French to express having fun.  (don’t want to delve into why Greeks have so many expressions for face slapping….).   For a start, I am showing everyone Snoopy’s Happy Dance.


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