un oiseau

une citrouille

French citrouille = pumpkin (c) Kristin Espinassela citrouille (see-troo-y) noun, feminine
1. pumpkin, gourd
2. head, nut; idiot

n'avoir rien dans la citrouille = to be empty-headed, bird-brained
avoir un coeur de citrouille = to have a pumpkin heart, to lack stamina
avoir la tête comme une citrouille = to have a pumpkin head = to have
a migraine (or when your head feels swollen from information overload)

Citation du Jour

Le melon a été divisé en tranches par la nature afin d'être mangé en famille. La citrouille étant plus grosse peut-être mangée avec les voisins.

The melon was devised by nature to be eaten among family. The pumpkin, being larger, can be eaten with neighbors. --Bernardin de Saint-Pierre

A Day in a French Life...

The story that originally accompanied this post is now a part of the book "Words in a French Life: Lessons in Love and Language from the South of France." Vocabulary from the original story is posted below.

une cheminée (f) = fireplace; un périple (m) = journey; qui fait peur = which scare; une sorcière = a witch; la mairie (f) = the town hall; ah-lo-een = pronunciation for "Halloween"; une friandise (f) = a bonbon, candy; un déguisement = a disguise; le tout, c'est de faire peur! = the most important, is to scare (them)!; une boîte-aux-lettres (f)= mailbox; une porte (f) = a door; un voisin(e) = neighbor; grimace soup (from the French expression "faire la soupe à la grimace" = to become angry)

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