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לֶחֶם מְטוּגָן – French toast

November 8, 2011

הבן שלי אוכל משהו חם כל יום לארוחת בוקר. בגלל אני רוצה לדבר אנגלית ועברית איתו, אני צריך לדעת המילים לכל האוכל שהוא רוצה.  יש פנקיקים, וּופלים…אבל הוא אוהב, יותר מכל דבר אחר, לחם מטוגן.

My son eats something hot every morning for breakfast.  Because I want to speak both English and Hebrew with him, I need to know the words for all the food he wants.  There are pancakes, and waffles… but he loves, more than anything else, ‘French toast’.

See, my knee-jerk reaction is to think that French toast would be something obvious, like טוסט צפרתית (literally ‘french toast’).  It ignores two things:

  • ‘French toast’ is named (theoretically) for an individual – Joseph French, an innkeeper in upstate New York in the 18th Century, and
  • Several other names exist for the food, though the most frequent (as my wife reminds me) is ‘pain perdu’, or ‘lost bread’
The words in Hebrew literally mean ‘fried bread’, which is an apt description of what the dish is.  You have to love how they find words to describe things sometimes…

From → Word of the Day

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