Maîtres mots

  • 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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French Freedom of Speech

Today the cheminots are:

  • "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

  • gâteux

    (senile; literally, incontinent; also, means someone who spoils children)
    Etymology: Formation from French gaster, meaning stomach, via vulgar Latin gaster from Greek γαστη ́ ρ.

    Johnny Depp qui confie à Public son angoisse au sujet de Lily-Rose, sa fille de 16 ans, qui s’est vu offrir un contrat par Chanel et effectue ses débuts au cinéma : « J’ai peur qu’elle grandisse trop vite, qu’elle m’échappe. » Dépassé, il soupire : « Quand je la vois se maquiller et se transformer en une ravissante jeune femme… » Heureusement, le bad boy qu’il fut resurgit à temps sous l’embarrassant papa gâteux : « Bon, mieux vaut ne pas trop y penser. En savoir plus sur

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That looks like an eiffel tower tchotchke seller. I saw multitudes of these men, especially at Trocadero Square, and felt a little sorry for them. With so many of them around, each one can't be making many sales. I wondered if they were promised work to make up for their travel to France, and it turned out to be this.

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Today's quotation

  • In Paris, what used to be called middle age is disappearing. You stay young a long time, then go gaga.
    Alfred Capus

    A Paris, ce qu'on appelait autrefois l'âge mur tend a disparaître. On reste très jeune très longtemps, puis on devient gâteux.

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