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

  • ouistiti

    (literally: marmoset)
    Etymology: onomatopoeia from the sound a marmoset makes. Actual meaning: this is what you say in France when you want people to smile for the camera.

    Selon une étude réalisée par le fabricant d’appareils photo Nikon, le « ouistiti » utilisé en France au moment de se faire prendre en photo est le petit mot le plus efficace pour s’assurer un joli sourire.

Who's en colère today?

  • Private sector

    First strike in 43 years at an aeronautics company in Toulouse, Latécoère

    Public sector

    The SNCF (toujours eux), regional train employees in the Lyons area guaranteeing unpleasant travel from the 17th-21st December
    Also yet another strike by Sud-Rail, a particularly truculent SNCF union in the south of France, this time five days in January: 6,7, 21, 22 and 23. "We have no choice." Right.

    Marseilles trams on strike until February

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Exactly! We've seen some of the dumbest ones here, including, "DJ drive me crazy on the dancefloor last night" and "FBI: Fashion Boy Inside" (good luck wearing that one in Wyoming.)

But, Dr. B just got one that says, in French, "Mon Père est une Rockstar"--dumb in French, but he's looking forward to wearing it in Wisconsin. (His dad may not be a real rockstar, but he's rockin' cool.)

Most of the ones pictured, though, are American bands (like Rage Against the Machine). Ah, the sweet smell of capitalism.

The "Pussy" t-shirts?

I laugh every time I see some girl wearing one.

It's just cool to have T's in English, or with anglo-saxon themes in France. All family/friends who visit us in L.A. always buy loads of them!

As for safe/unsafe and 'osé', Americans are not shy to kinkiness either. Here's some prose I saw on T's recently: "I'm trying to see things from your point of view but I can't stick my head that far up my ass"; "I'm not a gynecologist but I'll take a look"; "Nice dick but I'll pass"; "Stop staring at my tits". Or hot pants with butts advertising "Fuck me hard", "Pussy makes the rules", "Eat me", "Spank me" etc.

Remind me... who's supposed th be puritanistic here? I'm not 'bégueule' but: hellooooo?!

Cute French T seen recently: "SDF Sans Demoiselle Fixe"

*groans* So sad but true.

I tried in vain for a week to find a T-shirt printed in French to send as a gift to my niece.

My 55 year old mother in Law once bought and wore a t-shirt that basically claimed she liked to "party all night long". WTF?

I have even come across some T-shirts that have utter nonsense written on them. Apparently as long as it's in English it doesn't matter if it has no meaning.

And have you noticed how they pronounce "T-shorts"?! And they don't wear sweat shirts but "sweet shirts"—frequently abbreviated as "sweet"—as well! :D

You can find écriture française T-shirts at Laditude Sud on 48, blvd St-Germaine...sort of in the "BEN" vein
Funny post :)

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