TODAY'S WORD: Et patati et patata
: and so on and so forth, blah blah blah
: yada yada
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Et patati et patata, évoque des bavardages intarissables ou une suite de paroles qu'on ne peut deviner. -Larousse.fr
And patati and patata, evokes inexhaustible chatter or a series of words that one can not guess. (Google translation)
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A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE
by Kristi Espinasse
Just as I was wondering how to present to you a disjointed amount of information (our weekend in review) I noticed the definition of the word of the day and took heart:
"And patati and patata evokes inexhaustible chatter or a series of words that one can not guess."
Isn't that the beauty behind the blank page? It is no more than a series of words that one can not guess.
Though I always anticipate the challenge of recounting a story, today I did not count on so many computer and technical problems discouraging me from writing more about our weekend away (we spent the night near Roussillon, at Domaine des Peyre--a vineyard and gîte that welcomed our dog, Smokey--and on Saturday enjoyed celebrating Aunt Marie-Françoise's birthday at Domaine Tourbillon along with all the Espinasse family).
So before any more computer blips (including these italics which come and go as they please) prevent me from finishing, I shall turn the rest of this post over to you: please share with us today your favorite French words and phrases in the comments at the end of this post. Merci beaucoup and have a great week!
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