Allume

It's been a while since my last French lesson du jour. Most Mac users know about Aladdin Systems, makers of Stuffit. Aladdin changed its name to Allume.

Allume in French means light on, switch on (from the verb allumer, to light). Allumé means alight, burning but also, in slang, nutcase, nutter, as in crazy, off one's head or rocker. Needless to say, the French are likely to think about the familiar form when they'll see this name. I thought you'd like to know.

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It also means to (sexually) arouse...
Mais c'est qu'il m'allume, ce sagouin ! (I can't translate...)

How did I forget about that one? :-)

It's high time you went out and had your fire lighted !

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