Archive for May, 2008

How to buy something at Darty

May 19th, 2008

We’d been in need of a new bathroom scale, so yesterday we headed to a local Darty, a chain of stores with a selection somewhat like Best Buy—appliances, electronics, and suchlike. I was expecting this to be an extremely simple operation: pick out a scale, take it to the register, pay for it, and leave. […]

Sans blague

May 19th, 2008

The French expression for “no kidding” is sans blague (literally, “without joke”). Since blague sounds pretty much like “blog,” it makes for a nice little bilingual pun—bloggers = blagueurs (jokers); hence the name of our friend Meg’s blog, Le Blagueur à Paris. Anyway, we’ve been sans blog here for a while, sans blague. When I […]