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Entries from October 2005

nouvelle

Click here to view today's word and story! I am excited to share the good news--'les bonnes nouvelles'--with you today. My next book will be published by Simon and Schuster! I want to thank French Word-A-Day readers for the support and encouragement you have sent in. Thanks also to these selfless behind-the-scenes editors: Chris and George Christian... Read more →


drap

Along la rue Gambetta in St. Tropez le drap (drah) noun, masculine 1. woolen fabric 2. (drap de lit) bed sheet Listen: Hear the word drap pronounced: Download drap.wav ............ Also: le drap-housse = fitted sheet le drap de bain = bath towel le drap de plage = beach towel ..................... Expressions: se mettre entre deux draps... Read more →


boussole

Looking due south, toward the Mediterranean Sea la boussole (boo-sol) noun, feminine 1. compass Listen: Hear Jean-Marc pronounce the word "boussole": Download boussole.wav Expression: perdre la boussole = to lose one's head; to go haywire .......................... Citation du Jour: Vivre sans but, c'est naviguer sans boussole. Living without an aim is like sailing without a compass. --John... Read more →


tomber

Leaves falling in the village of Grimaud, near St. Tropez tomber (tohn-bay) verb 1. to fall; to come down; to go down; to hang ........ Listen: Hear my daughter Jackie pronounce the word "tomber": Download tomber.wav ..................... Expressions: tomber amoureux = to fall in love tomber malade = to fall ill tomber par terre = to fall... Read more →


épine

Jean-Marc busy with the 'mise en scène' for his next wine article. (The bottle is lying on a bed of sea urchins.) une épine (ay-peen) noun, feminine 1. thorn, prickle, spine Also: épine dorsale = backbone Listen: Hear the word "épine" pronounced: Download epine.wav ................... Expressions: être sur des épines = to be on pins and needles... Read more →


mouchoir

Cypress trees make me run for a box of mouchoirs... Photo taken in Collioure, France You are invited to join Jean-Marc and me in Phoenix, Arizona on October 29th. There will be a wine tasting / book signing at Sportsman's on Camelback (3205 E. Camelback Rd - East corner or 32nd St and Camelback Rd - www.sportsmans4wine.com... Read more →


arapède

"Hand made." Hammocks for sale along the Grand Canal in Sète, France. une arapède (ara-ped) noun, feminine 1. a limpet Listen: Hear the word arapède pronounced: Download arapede2.wav ................... Expression: coller comme une arapède = to tagalong / cling to someone (who'd rather have some time alone) ......................... Citation du Jour: Une âme pure est comme une... Read more →


boule

Les coquillages (shellfish) in Sète une boule (bool) noun, feminine 1. ball Listen: Hear my daughter Jackie pronounce "boule": Download boule.wav .................... Expressions: avoir les nerfs en boule = to be irritated faire boule de neige = to snowball perdre la boule = to go crazy avoir une boule dans la gorge = to have a lump... Read more →