Believe it or not, December 5th is International Pear Day.
I might have let this one go, but we can have some fun with pears in our three languages:
In French the humble pear is the fruit used in the expression about being taken for a ride, being a mug:
« Et moi, bonne poire, j’ai dit oui ! »
In German, Birne is the word for pear, but it also has the second meaning of ‘lightbulb’. And “eine weiche Birne haben” (to have a soft pear) means to be a bit dim, literally, soft in the pear.
As for Spanish:
The speech bubbles mean:
- Hello. Have you been waiting long?
- No, I’ve always been an apple.
This makes no sense until you realise that “es pera” can mean “you are a pear” as well as sounding like “waiting”
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