Saturday, May 29, 2004

French Word of the Day May 2004

Sent: Monday, May 31, 2004 6:41 PM

glauque = gloomy

Sent: Friday, May 28, 2004 8:57 AM

quoi = what

E.g. pour quoi faire ? = what for ?

à quoi bon ? = what's the point ?

Sent: Thursday, May 27, 2004 10:08 AM

(un) trou = a hole, a gap

être dans le trou = to be six feet under

être au fond du trou = to hit rock bottom

aller au trou = to go to jail

Sent: Wednesday, May 26, 2004 8:42 AM

(une) mouche = a fly

faire mouche = to be right on target

prendre la mouche = to be upset ("to take the fly")

Quelle mouche te pique ? = What has gotten into you ? ("what fly stung you?")

Sent: Tuesday, May 25, 2004 7:34 AM

(une) baleine = a whale


Sent: Monday, May 24, 2004 9:59 AM

Dimanche = Sunday

noun + du dimanche = an amateur ...

E.g. un poète du dimanche = un amateur poet

un tennisman du dimanche = an amateur tennis player

Sent: Friday, May 21, 2004 8:33 AM

(un) polichinelle = a kind of toy, if anyone know if it has a name I'm interested

un secret de polichinelle = an open secret

Elle a un polichinelle dans le tiroir = she's got a bun in the over ("she's got a polichinelle in the drawer")

Sent: Thursday, May 20, 2004 7:06 AM

(une) chouette = an owl

Also an adjective to describe something good, great, cool, nice...

C'est chouette! = It's great!

Il a été chouette avec moi = he was nice to me

Sent: Wednesday, May 19, 2004 2:00 AM

Un ami / une amie = a friend

un petit ami / une petite amie = a boyfriend / a grilfriend ("a small friend" ?)

un copain / une copine = a friend, except when used with a possessive when it takes the meaning of boyfriend / girlfriend e.g. mon copain / ma copine - my boyfriend / my girlfirend

Sent: Tuesday, May 18, 2004 8:17 AM

(une) débâcle = a debacle, a fiasco

Sent: Monday, May 17, 2004 1:55 AM

un apprenti / une apprentie = a trainee, an apprentice

Les apprentis: sweet-and-sour comedy about two losers and their struggle to find money, love and happiness.

Sent: Friday, May 14, 2004 10:08 AM

ébriété = intoxication

E.g. conduite en état d'ébriété = driving under the influence

Sent: Thursday, May 13, 2004 8:57 AM

(une) cacahuète (I'm 90% sure you can spell it cacahouète or cacahouette as well) = a peanut

In Quebec and African countries, (une) arachide is the preferred way to call peanuts.

Sent: Wednesday, May 12, 2004 7:20 AM

(un) coup = a knock, a blow, a hit (the "p" is silent)

(un) fil = a string, a wire, a cord

(un) coup de fil = a phone call

E.g. donne-moi un coup de fil quand tu as deux minutes = give me a call when you have two minutes

Sent: Tuesday, May 11, 2004 8:59 AM

Subject: RE: French artist of the day

Booba: hardcore gangsta rap from the suburbs of Paris. Not for the faint of heart - if you can understand anything the guy says, that is, since it sounds like he was chewing small rocks during the recording sessions.

New album "Panthéon" out today, highly recommended. Listen to "Numéro 10" and "La faucheuse"

Sent: Monday, May 10, 2004 12:08 AM

(un) plaisir = pleasure

faire plaisir a quelqu'un = to please someone

E.g. si ça peut te faire plaisir = if it'll make you happy

avec plaisir! = I'd love to! (enthusiastic answer to a request)

And in the news in France today:

Sent: Friday, May 07, 2004 9:39 AM

(un) hic = a snag

Voilà le hic! or C'est bien là le hic! = There's the snag

Sent: Thursday, May 06, 2004 8:33 AM

(la) peau = skin

Sent: Wednesday, May 05, 2004 10:18 AM

& (ampersand): esperluette or et commercial

Sent: Monday, May 03, 2004 8:24 PM

emmerder = to annoy, to hassle ("an - mer - dé")

un emmerdeur / une emmerdeuse = a troublemaker, a pain in the butt (slang)

E.g. c'est le roi des emmerdeurs = he's the greatest pain in the butt

tu m'emmerdes! = Stop pissing me off!

As usual, use responsibly

Sent: Monday, May 03, 2004 6:51 AM

un roi = a king

une reine = a queen