David's joke

David’s joke






A husband and wife were driving through Louisiana. As they approached the town of Natchitoches, they started arguing about the correct pronunciation. They argued and argued, then they stopped for lunch. At the counter, the husband asked the waitress, “Before we order, could you please settle an argument for us? Would you please pronounce where we are very slowly?” She leaned over the counter and said, “Burrr-gerrr Kiiing.”

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We have many idiomatic expressions using colours. Here are some common ones.

A good gardener ?

A good gardener ?

  1. He’s a very good gardener. He really has green thumbs !
  2. Manual workers who work in a factory are sometimes called blue collar workers.
  3. If you spend more money than you have on your bank account, you will be in the red.
  4. If you receive a surpise call from a long lost contact, you can say that they called you out of the blue.
  5. When you get the agreement to do something, you can say that you have the green
  6. He is new to the job and doesn’t have a lot of experience. He is a bit green.
  7. When it’s difficult to say where responsibility lies, or if the answer is not clear because there are 2 opposing views, we can say that it’s a bit of a grey
  8. You don’t look well ! You look as white as a ghost.
  9. He said to Tom that he would tell his wife everything if Tome didn’t pay him 10 000€. It was a typical case of blackmail.
  10. We’re going to celebrate your promotion and go out for a drink. We’re going to paint the town red !


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  I found this interesting article about the expression “Bless you!” on an American site. The link to the full article is just after the text, in case you want to learn more …

Atchoo !

Many people have become accustomed to saying “bless you” or “gesundheit” when someone sneezes.         No-one says anything when someone coughs, blows their nose or burps, so why do sneezes get special treatment? What do those phrases actually mean, anyway?

Wishing someone well after they sneeze probably originated thousands of years ago. The Romans would say “Jupiter preserve you” or “Salve,” which meant “good health to you,” and the Greeks would wish each other “long life.” The phrase “God bless you” is attributed to Pope Gregory the Great, who uttered it in the sixth century during a bubonic plague epidemic (sneezing is an obvious symptom of one form of the plague).

The exchangeable term “gesundheit” comes from Germany, and it literally means “health.” The idea is that a sneeze typically precedes illness. It entered the English language in the early part of the 20th century, brought to the United States by German-speaking immigrants.


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Tennis. A romantic game ?

Tennis. A romantic game ?

Do you like tennis ? Do you love tennis ? Have you noticed that in English, a tennis umpire sometimes uses the word ‘love’ ? “15 – love”, “30 – love”.

Do you know why ? Well, it’s because of the French. Yes, the French have a reputation as romantic lovers, but it’s not because of that.

As tennis originated in France (Yes ! It comes from the word ‘Tenez!’ as the player hits the ball.), the scoring was announced in French. The egg symbolizes having nothing (as it is round, like a zero) and when a player’s score is zero, they say “egg”. When you say “egg” in French (l’oeuf) it sounds like “love”. So when English-speaking people started playing the sport, they used the French word as it was fashionable.

So now you know !

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Isn’t it curious ? In French when you say “J’ai des informations importantes. Elles vinnent de Pierre.” the noun ‘informations’ is plural but in English we say “I have some important information. It comes from Peter.” the noun is singular … or so it seems.

In fact, in English we have many words that are ‘uncountable’. They cannot be used in the plural and the verb is used in the singular.

Students often make mistakes, so here is a list of ‘uncountable nouns.



gram - uncountable


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How are you feeling today ? Many adjectives that describe emotions are similar in French and in English. Not all of them, of course, and so here is a small list to help you.

After reading it, you’ll feel ecstatic?

How are you feeling ?

How are you feeling ?

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In Japan, it is traditional for women to offer chocolate to the men in their lives on Valentine’s day. Different types of chocolates exist for different relations, raging from “obligatory chocolate” for a boss or a work colleague to “true feeling chocolate” given to a husband or boyfriend. Men reciprocate one month later on White day, March 14th, and offer gifts and chocolates in return to the people who gave them chocolate on St Valentine’s day.

The tradition is the same in Korea, with the addition of “Black day” on April 14th. On that day, single people who didn’t receive any gift or chocolate either on St Valentine’s day or White day, meet in restaurants to commiserate and eat white noodles in black bean sauce. In South Korea, in fact, the 14th of each month is being marked for a special celebration such as Rose day on May 14th or Kiss day on June 14th.

In Taïwan, the tradition is the opposite with women receiving gifts on St Valentine’s day and men on White day.

St Valentine’s day is celebrated in Denmark and Norway with funny little poems or rhyming love notes given anonymously by men to women. The only clue as to the name of the sender is represented with a dot for each letter of the name. If the woman guesses the name of the sender accurately, she wins an Easter egg on Easter day. If she doesn’t, she owes the sender an Easter egg.

In Slovenia, if love is celebrated on St Valentine’s day, it is actually on March 12th that most people celebrate love.

Finnish and Estonian people celebrate friendship rather than love on St Valentine’s day, exchanging gifts and cards with friends. It is however a popular day to get engaged or married.

In Wales, the patron saint of lovers, St Dwynwen, is celebrated on January 25th. On this day, men traditionally present the woman they are interested in with a carved spoon symbolizing their love.

This is an extract from the following article found here.

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Why do we ‘clink’ glasses together when we say “Cheers!” before drinking with friends and acquaintances?

The first story I heard was that making a noise when you knock the glasses together frightens evil spirits and demons, and in this way, they do not go into your mouth when you drink alcohol (that evil drink !).

It sounds interesting but I prefer the story that suggests that by pouring a little of your drink into your friend’s glass and then receiving some of your friend’s drink, you would show that there was no poison in your cup or glass and you were not trying to poison him or her. The pouring became vigorous knocking and then ‘clinking’ with time.

What do you think ?

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