The man spoke four languages so fluently he was mistaken for a native in each. But he was not a linguist. He was a polyglot. "One is an academic, one is a Swiss waiter," he remarked.
Tuesday, February 1, 2000
It's February! The word of the day in French is l(a) haltérophilie. It means weightlifting.
L'haltérophilie, un sport consistant à soulever des poids, fait partie des disciplines Olympiques les plus anciennes.
Weightlifting, a sport involving the raising of heavy pieces of metal, is among the oldest of Olympic disciplines. [I took some liberties with the original so it wouldn't sound quite so repetitive in English.]