A collection of the best 're-invented' franglais 'ing' words

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A collection of the best 're-invented' franglais 'ing' words
Photo: Artur Chalyj/Flickr

The French have unwittingly re-invented a whole set of English words by adding "ing" to the ends of things. Here translator Jane Proctor shares her favourites.


Le camping 
Where do you go camping? At a camping. Yes, "camping" is the French word for camp site. 
A campsite in Ain, central France. Photo: Victor Engmark/Flickr
Le dressing 
Dressing is the French word for "walk-in wardrobe", where many people might actually do their dressing. 
Photo: Anne-Marii/Flickr
Le fooding
Fooding isn't "eating" or "instagramming your meal". No, it's the art of cooking.
Photo: Etolane/Flickr
Le footing 
You'd be forgiven for thinking footing had something to do with football, but it's actually the word for jogging.
Photo: EmilyRides/Flickr
Le parking 
Where do you park your car? At the parking, of course. It's French for car park.
Parisians paying dearly for their bad 'parking'An example of someone who couldn't wait to get to the "parking".  Photo: Tejvan Pettinger/Flickr
Le planning 
This is how the French say "schedule", which makes total sense if you ask us.
Photo: Mike Blackburn/Flickr
Le brushing 
This is how the French say "blow-dry" - potentially confusing for us foreigners visiting French hairdressers. 
Photo: Artur Chalyj/Flickr
Le pressing 
Here's another one that makes perfect sense, pressing means "dry-cleaners".
Photo: Thomas Leuthard/Flickr 
Le shampooing
No, it's not a verb - shampooing is just the French way of saying "shampoo". And ""après-shampooing" is conditioner.
Photo: devra/Flickr
Le training 
And lastly, what do you wear to do your training? A "tracksuit" of course (or a training, as the French say).
Photo: Dennis Yang/Flickr 
Jane Proctor is a French to English translator who runs the alpinelinguists blog. Follow the blog on Facebook here. 


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