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oublieux, oublieuse (ooh-blee-uuh, ooh-blee-uuhz) adjective
  deliberately forgetful

The word "oublieux" comes from the verb "oublier" (to forget). "Oublieux de" means "quick to forget" (a kind deed, for example) as well as "neglectful of" (something).

:: Audio File ::
Listen to Jean-Marc pronounce the French words oublieux and oublieuse:
MP3 file: Download oublieux.mp3 Wave file: Download oublieux.wav

Example sentence:
Les charognes de la pub s'apprêtaient à entrer sur la scène de l'Histoire, les crevures du patronat devenaient oublieuses des petites suées de la Liberation ou de Mai 68'. The publicity vultures were getting ready to come on to the stage of History, the damned employers were becoming forgetful of those moments of angst of the Liberation or May 68'.

                  *from the book: Short Stories in French: New Penguin Parallel Text

The plan for today, remember, was to republish that list of "(under) 50 Ways to Say Goodbye in French." Only, on whiling away the early morning at the breakfast table, eating leftovers from the kids' plates and polishing off the last scrap of toast while ignoring the barking beggar* at my knee, it occurred to me that I might've neglected to think about something....

Moments later, after scouring my computer archives to retrieve last year's "French Goodbyes" post, I realized that I had already republished the list... just a few weeks ago. Mince!* How could I have forgotten? Now what to do?

Well, why not begin by fretting about amnesia? And wouldn't this be a good time to have a midlife crisis? Why not get that "crise de la quarantaine"* over with already? At least I'd be ahead on *something,* and not behind, like behind this foggy wall of forgetfulness.

     (And now, A Conversation Between You and Me...)

"Amnesia?" you say. "We could have told you that! The ipso facto vérité* is: you've forgotten several things this past month! What about that Recipe Poll* you had us all involved in, promising to "bake, burn, or blog" about the results? And those pictures you were going to post from your lah-di-dah "US Tour"?

Um, er, uh....

(By the way, did you know the French seem to have only one word for "um," "er," and "uh"? You'd think they'd have at least three!....)

"You're getting off-topic!" you protest.
No, I'm just getting distracted again!
"Well, try to pay attention!" you suggest. "...But, out of curiosity and, now that you've mentioned it, just what *is* the one word for um, uh, er?"
Oh, glad you asked! It's "Euh!"
"How enlightening!" you say, unconvincingly. "Now on with the program!"

Okay, so back to our topic, euh, "amnesia".
"No!" you say. " Originally, the topic was "How To Say 'Au Revoir' in French"!
Oh, right.... "Bye," then!
"No! You are supposed to POST the list, the one that you FORGOT you had already posted a few weeks back!"

Oh, dear. Amnestic confusion would explain things... or the repetitiveness associated with, you know, repeating things. I mean, the repetitiveness associated with memory loss. As in "Did I already tell you that?" Case in point: forgetfulness beautifully explains the origin of the popular expression "bye-bye"! Proving, wouldn't you agree, that I am not the only one who repeats herself!

Before I forget, here's that list. I've freshened it up a tad or a "toot" with the French equivalent of "toodeloo!"... Don't miss it, here.

barking beggar = our dog, Braise; mince! = yikes! la crise (f) de la quarantaine = midlife crisis; la vérité (f) = truth; The Recipe Poll = (see left-hand column, here)

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In February 1918, a derelict soldier was discovered wandering the railway station in Lyon, France. With no memory of his name or past, no identifying possessions or marks, the soldier given the name Anthelme Mangin was sent to an asylum for the insane. When the authorities advertised his image in an attempt to locate his family, hundreds of relatives sought to claim him as the father, son, husband, or brother who never returned from the front. Read The Living Unknown Soldier.

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