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Ever been a bit sot at the zinc bar? I have. (photo: Bar de la Marine/Marseilles)

sot, sotte (so, sot) adjective
  foolish, silly, stupid

There is also the noun "sot" (and "sotte"), which means "fool" or "idiot," and the adverb "sottement" (foolishly, stupidly) -- and have you ever seen the French word "sot-l'y-laisse"? While you think about that one, I'll have typed the definition at the end of this post...

Un sot savant est sot plus qu'un sot ignorant.
A wise fool is more foolish than an ignorant fool.
--Molière

PostcardA wonderful gift for a Francophile: carte postale / postcard organizer: version 1 (image on the left) and version 2

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A (so-so*) Day in a French Life...

It is so sew sow soh seau seaux sot saut sceau
sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
difficult to know what to write about sometimes.

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References: so-so in French is "comme si, comme ça"; the first line in the text includes English and French homophones, or words that sound pretty much alike. [The French translations are: le seau (m) = bucket; les seaux (plural of seau); sot = silly; le saut (m) = jump, leap; le sceau (m) = seal or hallmark (stamp).]

French Pronunciation:
Listen to Jean-Marc pronounce today's quote by Molière:
"Un sot savant est sot plus qu'un sot ignorant." Download sot.wav

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Related Terms and Expressions:
la sottise (f) = foolishness, stupidness; a foolish act or remark
le sot-l'y-laisse (m) = oyster (in chicken). "A French term for the piece of meat above the parson's nose in chicken and other birds. Literally meaning "a fool leaves it"." (definition from GourmetBritain.com)

For an entire discussion on the term sot-l'y-laisse visit this Wordreference link.

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