Butterfly or Parking Ticket?

I found something interesting using Google Translate┬ájust now – the french word for "butterfly" ("papillon") also means "parking ticket".


I'm just imagining someone that knows limited French wandering into a traffic court in France and wondering why people are mad about being given butterflies.

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  1. spudart said,

    or dog or bow tie?

    Papillon in French also means a type of dog and a bow tie.

    n. (French- literal meaning "butterfly") small spaniel dog with a silky coat and ears having the form of wings of a butterfly
    n. butterfly, any of a number of winged insects of the order Lepidoptera having long slender bodies and four colorful wings; parking ticket
    n. bow tie, small tie which resembles a bow, necktie which resembles a butterfly

    June 28, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

  2. spudart said,

    I like how "parking ticket" is simply thrown at the end of the second definition. Almost like an oh, by the way.

    June 28, 2012 @ 2:41 pm

  3. sparx said,

    Yeah. It's just like "whatever, these are close enough"
    The other two make sense because they're described as having butterfly-like features. It's like "parking ticket" just jumped off another page and randomly ended up here.

    June 28, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

  4. sparx said,

    Kinda like a real parking ticket. Someone just stuck it right on the butterfly definition.

    June 28, 2012 @ 2:51 pm

  5. spudart said,

    Do you think butterflies park in the wrong areas?

    July 3, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

  6. spudart said,

    What happened to the butterfly that parked illegally? It got toad.

    July 3, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

  7. Tom said,

    "It got toad!" BAHAHAHA!

    Butterfly is also the same word in Spanish for homosexual

    July 11, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

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