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In France, instead of calling something cute, choux (or cabbage, respectively) is a term of endearment of choice. Does this have anything to do with the unfortunate invention of the Cabbage Patch doll?
And mind you, baguette refers to not only to the staple of my ex-patriotic diet, but also to magic wands and chopsticks.
And dogs noses are affectionately given the name of truffe. Or the 2000 euro/per kilo mushroom. What could be more precious? Shameless plug for my pending birthday present….darling, if you are reading this, a german short-haired pointer is much less expensive than a kilo of truffles!