Coalition of the Confused

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French Brexit Song   The U.K and Europe

Started Nov-10 by PTG (anotherPTG); 130 views.
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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

Nov-11

Love it!!

  • bourgeois
  • brunette
  • blond(e)
  • adieu
  • au contraire
  • chauffeur
  • chic
  • critique
  • depot
  • déjà vu
  • (eau de) cologne
  • eau de toilette
  • en route
  • entrepreneur
  • fiancé (Note that while in English, this can refer to a man or a woman, in French, a female person someone is engaged to is fiancée, the word’s feminine form.)
  • genre
  • laissez-faire
  • maître d’ (this is used in its complete form, maître d’hôtel, in French)
  • joie de vivre
  • toilette
  • nouveau riche
  • faux pas
  • je ne sais quoi
  • carte blanche
  • voyeur
  • R.S.V.P (Many English-speakers don’t realize this is an abbreviation of Répondez s’il vous plait)
  • souvenir
  • par excellence
  • potpourri
  • Bon voyage
  • cliché (Note that in French, in addition to its most well-known meaning, cliché is another way to say “photo”)
  • au pair
  • femme fatale
  • bouquet
  • boutique
  • coup
  • milieu 
  • ménage à trois
  • bon vivant
  • bon mot
  • coup d’état
  • de rigueur
  • savoir-faire
  • tête à tête
  • Voilà.
  • du jour
BerrySteph

From: BerrySteph

Nov-11

Who was it who said "Can't take the French economy seriously when they have no word for entrepeneur"?

Oh, look, it was President Bush.

According to scuttlebutt that emerged in the British press in July 2002, President Bush, Britain’s Prime Minister Tony Blair, and France’s President Jacques Chirac were discussing economics and, in particular, the decline of the French economy. “The problem with the French,” Bush afterwards confided in Blair, “is that they don’t have a word for entrepreneur.”

The source was Shirley Williams, also known as the Baroness Williams of Crosby, who claimed “my good friend Tony Blair” had recently regaled her with this anecdote in Brighton.

Lloyd Grove of The Washington Post was unable to reach Baroness Williams to gain her confirmation of the tale, but he did receive a call from Alastair Campbell, Blair’s director of communications and strategy. “I can tell you that the prime minister never heard George Bush say that, and he certainly never told Shirley Williams that President Bush did say it,” Campbell told The Post. “If she put this in a speech, it must have been a joke.” [Snopes]

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