A.Word.A.Day gives us French this week

A.Word.A.Day’s theme this week is French words used in English. Monday’s word was “bon ton” and today’s, “moue.” For definitions, examples, and pronunciation of the word in English, see A Word A Day.

The site’s founder, Anu Garg, quotes Mark Twain as having said, “In Paris they simply stared when I spoke to them in French; I never did succeed in making those idiots understand their language.”

Since Garg is giving the English pronunciation and meanings, we’re posting here the French pronunciation and the French meanings:

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Monday March 2

bon ton – proper

/bɔ̃ tɔ̃/

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Tuesday March 3

la moue (n) grimace, pout; faire la moue (v) to pout

/mu/

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Wednesday March 4

au fait – as a matter of fact

/o fɛt/

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Thursday March 5

clou – nail

/klu/

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Friday March 6

pied-a-terre – a place of lodging for secondary or temporary use

/pjetatɛr/

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