SAMMY (the Siamese cat, who bleats rather than meows): Maaaaaa
ME: She keeps responding. I wonder what she thinks I'm saying.
MY SISTER: She's probably correcting your pronunciation.
In other language-related matters, my mother observed earlier today that the term cul de sac means, roughly translated from French, "ass bag".*
I am deeply proud of my genes.
*Of course, it is literally "ass of bag," but I suppose I will have to let that little detail slide.