le béguin
grignoter

pudibond

Laundry (c) Kristin Espinasse

pudibond,e (pew-dee-bohn, bohnd) adjective
  1. prudish, prim and proper

la pudibonderie (f) = prudishness, primness

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Citation du Jour
La perte d'une certaine pudeur comme la perte de la pureté sont les causes profondes de la décadence du monde.

The loss of a certain sense of modesty, like the loss of purity, these are the profound causes of the world's decadence.
--Mère Teresa

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A Day in a French Life...

(The story that originally appeared here, with the vocabulary below, is now part of this book!)

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*References: le linge (m) = washing; la pince à linge (f) = clothespin; recommencer = to do again; à vos souhaits! = bless you!; le sous-vêtement (m) = underwear; la culotte (f) = panty; le soutien-gorge (m) = bra; le caleçon (m) = boxer shorts; le soleil (m) = sun; l'étendoir (m) = clothesline; et compagnie = and the rest; deux = two

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