How to say "to catch" in French
un rayon

une mèche

Meches or locks (c) Kristin Espinasse
Introducing our new correspondent, Jackie Espinasse. She has named her column "Pensées d'une Petite Fille de France" (Thoughts of a Little Girl from France). I told her that "Thoughts from a little French Girl" might be better, but she prefers it her way. She will be 7-years-old in just over a week. Today's story is in French and English and is a mix of fiction/non fiction.


mèche (mesh) noun, feminine

1. lock, streak (of hair)
2. wick (candle); fuse (firecracker)
3. a drill bit (tool)

Also:
une mèche folle = a stray lock/wisp of hair
une mèche rebelle = a wayward lock of hair
une mèche lente = a safety fuse
une mèche postiche = a hairpiece, toupee

Expressions:
se faire faire des mèches = to have highlights put in one's hair.
Y a pas mèche (slang) = there's no way (it's impossible)
être de mèche avec quelqu'un = to be in cahoots with someone
vendre la mèche = to spill the beans, to let the cat out of the bag
découvrir la mèche = to uncover the plot


Citation du Jour

Même si votre mère vous trouve parfaite, elle aura toujours besoin de replacer l'une de vos mèches de cheveux.

Even if your mother thinks you are perfect, she will always need to smooth back a lock of your hair.—Suzanne Beilenson



Pensées d'une Petite Fille de France... by Jackie Espinasse

L'autre jour, je suis allée chez le coiffeur pour me faire colorer les cheveux. Je voulais des cheveux roses parce que c'est ma couleur préférée.

Je me suis assise sur la chaise pour qu'on puisse peindre mes cheveux. J'ai dit à la coiffeuse: "Je n'ai pas envie que tout soit peint. Je veux juste quelques petites mèches roses." Et comme ça, elle a commencé à peindre mes cheveux roses!

Et après, quand on a fini de me colorer les cheveux, j'ai pris un bonbon rose (parce que c'est ma couleur préférée)!

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The other day I went to the hairdressers to get my hair colored. I wanted pink hair because (pink) is my favorite color.

I sat down on the chair so that they could paint my hair. I told the hairdresser: "I don't want all of my hair painted. I would just like a few pink streaks. And just like that, she began to paint my hair pink!

And after, when she finished coloring my hair, I took a pink bonbon (because it is my favorite color)!

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A note from Jackie's mom: Rest assured, Jackie's hair is not pink (not yet, anyway). It is still vert after a summer of mixing white blond hair with eau de piscine.*

French Vocabulary

vert (adj.) = green

l'eau de piscine (f) = pool water

arbre or tree (c) Kristin Espinasse
Wonderful tree branches (kind of like unruly mèches?) in the village of Tarradeau, next to Les Arcs-sur-Argens.

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