Faux Amis

BEWARE THOSE FAUX AMIS (WORDS THAT LOOK ALIKE IN TWO LANGUAGES BUT HAVE DIFFERENT MEANINGS, SOMETIMES DANGEROUSLY SO) AND INACCURATE TRANSLATIONS! You’re the Chief Information Officer of the French branch of a sprawling multinational, and you’ve been told to upgrade…
Why do you call it a canicule?

Word etymologies are great fun. Here’s a few pertinent ones. Canicule Usually this French word is translated to English as heatwave, but a more picturesque and almost literal translation would be “the dog days of summer”. Basically it means that…