Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Word Of The Week

wapiti

While watching a nature show the other day, I kept hearing this word and seeing what I thought were moose, caribou, or something similar (I know, moose are very distinctive looking, but I had this idea that wapiti meant moose). That made me wonder: just how do you say "moose" in French? Well, it's not wapiti. The wapiti is an elk. Who knew?

He's not a wapiti, but an élan. At any rate, Mr. Moose probably knew the difference. (photo from Smithsonian Institution)

Moose, on the other hand, is orignal in Québec and élan in France. Caribou is, curiously enough, caribou in French.

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