French phases à propos

January 2nd, 2009 by Paul

You had a fantastic fin d’année, but you drank too much and the next day you had a terrible gueule de bois (a hangover, literally a “face of wood”). Or did you eat too much because you have les yeux plus gros que le ventre (“eyes bigger than your stomach”) and now you have une crise de foie (“liver crisis”)?

Luckily, when a holiday falls on a Thursday, many French take a pont (a bridge) and take the Friday off as well. Then it’s a good day to glander, to idle, perhaps catch up on episodes of “Heroes” or watch The Lord of the Rings. Careful that you don’t take too many idle days, or someone might accuse you of avoir un poil dans la main (to be a lazy person, literally “to have a hair in the hand”).

Or don’t worry about any of that and just have une bonne année!

Le fin d'année

Revelers on the Champs-Élysées

Le fin d'année

The Grand Palais on the Champs-Élysées

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