Fun with false cognates

So we’re at the barre, working on a new trick, and everyone’s all confused about the feet.
Where is the working foot supposed to be?
Pointed and touching the top of the knee in front?
The side of the knee?
The air slightly off to the side of the side of the knee?
Smirnoff says, “It is very simple! The foot returns to where it started! At the knee! In French, ‘ingenue’!”
And in my head I’m like, WOAH! Ingenue means ‘at the knee’ in French?! That makes so much sense!! At the knee like knee-high, like Knee High To A Grasshopper, like as in short because a young naive girl is short! That’s awesome, how come I never knew that before?! Words are awesome!!!
Then I got home and went to the googles and discovered that what he was actually saying was “au genou” which is French for “at knee” and totally not the same as ingenue, which is how come I never knew that before.
Oh well.

About adultbeginner

Had my first ballet class Ever at the advanced age of thirty-two. Yikes.
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3 Responses to Fun with false cognates

  1. Rael says:

    Haha..! Words…. so fun and so confusing ;-)

  2. The Dancing Rider says:

    loved it.

  3. Zebra says:

    Not as crushing a disappointment as “entrechats” being “between cats” though, surely? To be honest, I am never going to resign myself to that one… Pleasingly, CurrentCoverTeacher, when we’re doing batterie at the barre, instead of the usual instructions to beat “front back, front back, front back; back front, back front, back front” (or whatever) actually says she wants however many entrechats quatres (better still, with the elision that makes it “entrechats cats”).

    When I very first started ballet & was getting to grips with All The Things (including Ballet French) I didn’t quite catch what it was that came between the glissade & the pas the chat. No bouillon for the cat, no…

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