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rallonge

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                             Papa Poule in full tourist mode (Italy, 2003)

une rallonge (rah-lonzh) noun, feminine
  1. an extension cord
  2. a leaf (to extend a table)
  3. an extension arm, piece

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Also:
une table à rallonge(s) = an extendable table
une rallonge d'argent = some extra money
une histoire à rallonge = a never-ending story
un nom à rallonge = a long, complicated surname, a double-barrelled name

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French Proverb:
Qui plus dépense qu'il n'a vaillant, tresse la corde où il se pend.
He who spends more than his worth, braids the cord that hangs him.


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A Day in a French Life...

(The story that originally appeared here, along with the vocabulary words, below, is now a part of this book!)
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*References: une rallonge (f) = a cord; la pétanque (f) = a game of "boules" or bowls played with small heavy steel balls; Pop Rocks = fizzing candy powder that "pops" in your mouth; une grenouille (f) = a frog

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