Anyone who’s ever been to South Louisiana knows that you don’t go grocery shopping, you “make groceries.”
Finally, after having lived in France for nearly two years, I had a native French person say in English that he was making groceries.
Why would anyone say that? It’s simply a direct translation from faire les courses. Faire means “to make” or “to do” and les courses is of course, the shopping.
While some people cringe at these phrases, I find it’s a beautiful reminder of where we come from and the complex history from Le Grand Dérangement (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expulsion_of_the_Acadians), to the suppression of the French language in Louisiana, to an eventual realization of the error of such a suppression. Now, there is a wonderful organization called CODOFIL that is trying to preserve the culture and the langauge of Louisiana. http://www.codofil.org/
❝Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.❞
‒Rita Mae Brown
❝Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.❞
‒Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
❝To have another language is to possess a second soul.❞
❝If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.❞