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.

1 comment:

born to run said...

When someone completes an act that both involves conjuring, creating, solving, or some similar process and prompts spontaneous applause from the nearby crowd that has assembled to watch the feat, then, and only then, does he have the right to say voila.