Emmanuel Macron's 'delicious wife' comment leaves people scratching heads

Emmanuel Macron's 'delicious wife' comment leaves people scratching headsThere's no doubting French President Emmanuel Macron's excellent grasp of English. But given French and English share numerous words that sound similar but have different meanings, there's bound to be some expressions that get lost in translation. SEE ALSO: French dude sues France for seizing France.com domain Macron, who is currently visiting Australia, left people scratching their heads when he referred to the Australian prime minister's wife, Lucy Turnbull, as "delicious" at a press conference on Wednesday.  "I want to thank you for your welcome, you and your delicious wife," he said. Sometimes translation is tough. "I want to thank you for your welcome, you and your delicious wife" @EmmanuelMacron says to @TurnbullMalcolm pic.twitter.com/bIn6kokiYW — ABC Sydney (@abcsydney) May 2, 2018 Given that "delicious" primarily refers to food and can be construed as having a sexual connotation, people couldn't help but snigger at the odd translation. “I want to thank you and your delicious wife for your warm welcome” – French President to Malcolm Turnbull. Not sure if this was something lost in translation or just something very ~French~ pic.twitter.com/OuzAG82Wwm — James O'Doherty (@jmodoh) May 2, 2018 Did Macron just say to Turnbull he wanted to thank his "delicious wife"? — Matthew Doran (@MattDoran91) May 2, 2018 Macron just said he wanted to thank Malcolm Turnbull and his "delicious wife".You can take the man out of France but… — Alice Workman (@workmanalice) May 2, 2018 The French President @EmmanuelMacron just referrened to @TurnbullMalcolm 's "delicious wife", in a slightly awkward mistranslation I imagine — Nadia Daly (@nadiasdaly) May 2, 2018 Of course, délicieux in French translates to delicious in English. While the primary definition in French is to indicate something is tasty, it can be used to describe someone as delightful. This might help explain the awkward mistranslation of the French President describing Malcolm Turnbull's wife as "delicious". pic.twitter.com/CTDE7ANunY — Jamie McKinnell (@jamie86) May 2, 2018 For English speakers, it'd be like using the French word "excité" to describe yourself as excited, but in French that means you're sexually aroused. On Thursday, the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters his wife Lucy was "very flattered" by the compliment. "She’s asked me to say that she found the President’s compliment as charming as it was memorable," he said. WATCH: Google researchers are using AR microscopes to detect cancer



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