Friday, July 08, 2005
I confess to feeling utter disdain when the French use "voila" so casually. I mean I think of "voila" as some dramatic move, like when a magician unveils a tiger behind his cape. So it seems bizarre and pompous to me when a waiter hands me a cup of coffee or the check, with a flourish and "voila!" like Ricardo fricking Montalban and his rich Corinthian leather.