Origin of the word “Mignon / minion”

Just learned the origin of the word minion (mignon) which I thought was pretty interesting.  min·ion [min-yuh n] —nouna servile follower or subordinate of a person in power. a favored or highly regarded person. a minor official. Printing. a 7-point type.Definition of minion: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/minion at Dictionary.comAlthough Henry III valued privacy, he liked to surround himself with…… Continue reading Origin of the word “Mignon / minion”

Saigon Stories – Observations of the Week in Saigon

First, let me say that you must take the last entry about the French with a grain of salt. I like France and French people. Parisians still annoy me though. In fact, I’m reading a French book called “les États- Unis aujourd’hui; les maîtres du monde?” (The United States Today; The masters of the world?)…… Continue reading Saigon Stories – Observations of the Week in Saigon

Saigon Stories – Vietnamese vs. French people

Another glorious day here in Saigon. I just got back from Parkson (best department store in Saigon) where I go to get Gatorade for only 85 cents per bottle. Those other damn stores charge up to 4 dollars a bottle and so I make it a habit to get to Parksons at least once a…… Continue reading Saigon Stories – Vietnamese vs. French people

E-mail to Sophie 9.19.2004

Hello Sophie!Nice to hear from you.  Congratulations with your new job, I hope it goes well and that you enjoy it.As for me, I’m still living in Japan but am moving to Vietnam October 1st. I find the business environment much better there and hope to obtain a job in importing, exporting or consulting there. …… Continue reading E-mail to Sophie 9.19.2004

E-mail to Mathias 8.20.2004

Mathias!My classes at Waseda are finally finished and I’m very happy to not have togo to those boring lectures anymore.  I think it’s time to study Japanese onmy own without the teachers troubling me with too many tests that I alwaysreceived a bad grade on.  : )Now, I’m just teaching English at night, going to…… Continue reading E-mail to Mathias 8.20.2004