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  • Il y a longtemps que notre pays est beau mais rude.

       --Newspaper editor Olivier Séguret, 25 January 2012

    The USA are entirely the creation of the accursed race, the French.

       --Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), writing to Nancy Mitford, 22 May 1957

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  • "À nous de vous faire préférer le train!"
    "Voyager autrement"
    "Avec le SNCF, tout est possible"
      --Former ad slogans of the SNCF (French national trains), each in turn quickly dropped

Fun French words

  • glaçant

    (something that sends shivers down your spine; chilling)
    Etymology: from Latin glaciare, to turn into ice

    Paradise Lost: Benicio Del Toro, glaçant en Pablo Escobar

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Isn't the purpose of listing the saints so that people can know when their name day is?

Yes, but justement, why do they care when their saint's name day is? Does anything special happen that day? I haven't noticed that it does.

My French family will celebrate each person's "fete" with a nice meal or special dessert. It's always fun :) In fact, until 1966, you had to name your child after one of the names that appeared on the calendar (http://www.affection.org/prenoms/loi.html ). My mother-in-law was actually named for her saint because she was born on that saint's day. So there is a long tradition of using these saint's days this way. Of course, my French family is from the South of France, so perhaps these customs are more provincial?

What a nice custom! No one I know is named for their birthday saint. Some of the names are really unusual, like Enguerrand, Judicaël, Guénolé, Gabin, Amandine....

I also know a lot of people who celebrate their name day with a special dessert too. And my clients always get a kick out of it when I happen to notice it's their name day and wish them "bonne fête".

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Today's quotation

  • Most educated people are aware that we are the outcome of nearly 4 billion years of Darwinian selection, but many tend to think that humans are somehow the culmination. Our sun, however, is less than halfway through its lifespan. It will not be humans who watch the sun's demise, 6 billion years from now. Any creatures that then exist will be as different from us as we are from bacteria or amoebae.

      --Martin Rees, quoted in essay "J.G. Ballard: The Catastrophist," by Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011) in posthumous anthology Arguably

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  • Argentina is in default. The country was not able to reach agreement with all of its creditors, some of whom refused to agree to the payment plan worked out after long negotiations; this killed the agreement.

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