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There is shampooing on my smoking! Send it to the pressing!

What is with the French language's tendency to turn English -ing verbs into nouns, then apply them to things that make no sense to English speakers? I can think of four examples off the top of my head: un pressing, un brushing, un smoking, and - to a lesser extent of miscomprehension - du shampooing. I don't mind borrowing per se, but my students recognize the English origins in the words and can't believe that we don't say it in the same way - or that it means absolutely nothing to an English speaker.

srah - Friday, 28 March 2003 - 5:07 AM
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