Thursday, September 27, 2007
Joyeux Anniversaire, Manhattan!
Happy Birthday to Manhattan! Fifteen years old today. We got to meet her last year while we were in France, she is one of the daughters of my cousin. Although we didn't get to share a lot of conversation (I suspect she doesn't trust her knowledge of English), I did entertain her by asking her nonsense questions from my trusty French phrase book, such as, "Do you have a boyfriend?", "I burped", "Did someone fart?", "Are you married?".
Manhattan is a sweet girl, polite, intelligent, gentle and talented. You've probably been mispronouncing her name as I did for so long. Although she was named after the city, her name is pronounced with the accent on the first syllable; as in MAN-a-tan. Not Man-HAT-an. The "h" is silent.
Hope you have a great birthday, Manhattan!