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Old March 30, 2009, 09:09 AM
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Originally Posted by poli View Post
You are right the Spanish cocina translates directly to the French Cuisine.The English word kitchen can probably be used the same way but it's less common. It's popular in the United States (at least on the east coast) for restuarants to advertise themselves as preparing Chinese cuisine, Italian cuisine,Thai cuisine, French cuisine etc. To me it seems a little pretentious to adapt the French word for kitchen . Cuisine can be substituted with kitchen and people would understand.
I agree that sometimes the use of French words in English are a bit pretentious but I guess that sometimes words are imported into a language to clarify meanings; to use them as they would be used in the original language.
One import that my students (Spanish) used to find amusing was "alfresco" painting. Not sure if it came into English via Spanish or Italian, though.
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