le Verseau
transpirer

vif

In today's column: the men's reading for Aquarius. A vrai dire,* the Aquarius info is en avance,* as we are still in the month of Capricorn!

le vif (veef) noun, masculine
1. the quick (live flesh)
2  living person

vif, vive (veef, veev) adjective
1. living, live
2. lively, vivacious
3. sharp, keen
4. brusque, quick-tempered
5. bright, vivid

Also:
vif-argent (m) = quicksilver

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Expressions:
entrer dans le vif du sujet = to get to the heart of the matter
piqué au vif = cut to the quick
sur le vif = on the spot
de vive voix = by word of mouth
avoir les nerfs à vif = to be on the edge, to have frayed nerves
être touché du vif = to be touched to the quick

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Citation du Jour:
Peut-être les lucioles ne vivent-elles que le temps de briller un instant d'un vif éclat. Comme nous tous d'ailleurs !

Perhaps fireflies live only long enough to sparkle one instant from a bright outburst. Like all of us, actually.
--Gabrielle Roy

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Le Verseau / Aquarius

Les hommes nés en Janvier sont vifs, spirituels, aimables et affectueux. Doués d'un cerveau solide, aptes à juger, cultivant les sciences, calmes dans leur actes comme dans leurs paroles, tout en étant sincères et loyaux: on peut avoir confiance en eux. Ils sont fidèles à leurs amis; amoureux de la gloire, leur mérite sera justement apprécié; mais ils ne doivent pas compter sur la richesse
dans leur jeunesse.

Men born in January are vivacious, spiritual, kind and affectionate. Endowed with a solid mind, quick to judge, science oriented, calm in their acts and words, while remaining sincere and loyal: we can have confidence in them. They are faithful to their friends: love glory, their merit will be justly appreciated; but they should not count on wealth in their youth.
For the women's Aquarius profile, visit:
http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/motdujour/2005/01/le_verseau.html
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*References: à vrai dire = to tell the truth; en avance = ahead of time

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