President Obama wishing he hadn’t ordered cuisses de grenouille

Ever since, as a Guinea Pig obsessive, I learnt that the French word for Guinea Pig was Cochon d’Inde, I’ve realised everything sounds nicer – or at least posher – in French. Mind you, Meerschweinchen – the German equivalent – is pretty nice-sounding too.

Most food sounds better in French, obviously, which is why I always offer guests haricots blancs