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Mister or Monsieur "Bon Appétit" ?

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Jul 31, 2017 in Fun & Humor ☻ by Marianne (18,487 points)
edited Jul 31, 2017 by Marianne

Mr Goldberg, from Pinsk, coming to America, shared a table in the ship's dining room with a Frenchman.

Mr Goldberg could speak neither French nor English; the Frenchman could speak neither Russian nor Yiddish.

The first day out, the Frenchman approached the table, bowed and said, "Bon appétit!"

Goldberg, puzzled for a moment, bowed back and replied "Goldberg."

Every day, at every meal, the same routine occurred.

On the fifth day, another passenger took Goldberg aside. "Listen, the Frenchman isn't telling you his name. He's saying 'Good Appetite,' that's what 'Bon appétit!' means."

At the next meal, Mr Goldberg, beaming, bowed to the Frenchman and said, "Bon appétit!".

And the Frenchman, beaming, replied: "Goldberg!"

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In Russian: Приятного аппетита! (priatnovo appetjita)

In Yiddish: Est gezunterhayt! (yiddish)

Funny, when I was learning English, they told me that they don't say "good appetite"; they would rather say: "enjoy your meal".

But in the U.K., since a certain time, they seem to have adopted - with the time: "bon appétit!"

(unless aristocrats remembered that for a long time, French was their diplomatic and "court" language, as the links between the great dynasties and clans had spread to many different countries in Europe and elsewhere, i.e. "noblesse oblige"!).

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Virginia Aug 2, 2017

I also enjoy them very much, Marianne!

Marianne Virginia Aug 2, 2017

And I like to laugh again after sharing them - and good to see you back, Virginia.

Dan said that he had to deal with some technological problems, and I hope that this will solve your problems.


Virginia Virginia Aug 2, 2017

Marianne, yes I have no more problem now; however, what Dan did, they recommend he NOT do that, it is something about mod_security. So now I am concerned; and I am the only one who had any problems. So I have asked Rooster if he understands, and I also told Dan it is okay with me if he needs to enable that function again!

Truly, I think the best solution is for me to update to a more modern system, however I cannot do that just now.

Marianne Virginia Aug 2, 2017

Thank you for your explanation, Virginia - yes, I read your info; there are really lots of "new" elements coming together. Well, take your time; I am sure that they can find a solution.

Virginia Virginia Aug 2, 2017

:D  <3

Marianne Virginia Aug 2, 2017


If I see how I keep everybody waiting - lol.

Rooster Jul 31, 2017

:D :D :D I don't know where you find some of these but I sure get a kick out of them. :D

Marianne Rooster Jul 31, 2017

Lol - I am looking for them on-line - actually, it takes some time - lol.

But it is also such a pleasure to have a good laugh, all the more after all the troubles and worries most of us had (or have) since the use of "Cloudflare"; it seems to cause quite a lot of tedious work too, if thinking of Dan.


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