The sign near the beach reads "SOS Lost Jewelry in the water." Here in La Ciotat, there's another place where people lose things... and it also has to do with water! Learn a handy expression in today's vocabulary-packed story!
Today's word: sur-le-champ
action qui répond sur le champ. A riposte is a lively, instant reply, made to an interlocutor [often one who has just asked a question] for an on-the-spot response.
A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE by Kristi Espinasse
After packing un panier-repas for my husband's lunch, feeding the hens, and working on a chapter for our book, I knew if I didn't pause to eat something I would quickly turn into an LSB--a Low Blood-Sugared Zombie! (Do you know the feeling?) Funny, LSB also stands for "Low Surface Brightness Galaxy" which could explain our brainpower when we run out of fuel... It could also explain the inversion of letters, above, but we're sticking with LSB--for consistency!
For le petit déjeuner, I was preparing a kiwi, an orange, and a baguette with beurre de cacahuète...when a cry sounded from a nearby galaxy (my son's room):
"Max!" I set down my paring knife. "I thought you were wearing your Dr. Martens to work?"
On hands and knees, I was now searching for the LMO--Latest Missing Object. (LMO also stands for a Living Modified Organism which is what I become each and every time my family pulls me away from my own morning race...to join their own wild goose chase!) Crawling around on the floor Max and I knocked heads. Aïe! Aïe! This was no way to start a day! What am I doing down here with the dust bunnies under the bed? I should've listened to my friend Sophie....
Spotting the missing botte, I let out a victory shout. "There it is! There's your boot. Way back beneath your bed. You go get it!"
Well, what was there to say for myself? "Je l'ai mis dans le chiot?" I put it in the puppy?
It may not have been a sassy response, but it was quick--sur-le-champ!
aïe = ouch
chiotte = toilet, crapper
chiot = puppy
jeune chien = young dog, puppy
sur-le-champ = immediate
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