The following is a recreation of an actual real conversation my wife and I had last night.
Wife: How are the pizza rolls?
I: They’re okay. But they lack a certain je ne sais quoi*.
Wife: Yeah, well a lot of things lack that.
I: [Partially constrained snorts of laughter]
*For those of you who may be unclear about the meaning of the phrase used above, it’s a imported French phrase which literally means, “I don’t know what” but is often employed to denote some indescribable or intangible element or a part of a larger whole.
** I did explain it to her. I may be the kind of stuck up jerk that uses highfalutin French phrases in everyday speech, but I at least try to have the decency to explain what I’m talking about.***
***Initially this exchange was meant to be humorous, but I’ve spent so much time explaining the joke that I’ve ruined it almost completely and made myself look like a stuck up jerk in the process.**** Stupid France. Should have known better than to borrow their stinky language.
****I’m a total sucker for footnotes. True story.