• Well that explains alot

    Sunday, August 6, 2017 2 Permalink 0

    As most of you know, I am neither slow to words, nor brief. I like to think I can carry on with the best of them. But that's only true in English. Changing countries really takes you down a few notches! While my brain is the same pretty serviceable brain I've had for as long as ...

  • Lessons in France: Cussing abroad

    Sunday, August 6, 2017 1 Permalink 0

    In the aftermath of Mr. Scaramucci's brief but colorful tenure in the White House, I thought it was a good time to discuss how your own swearing changes when you live outside your mother tongue. Cussing M is having a small problem at the office this week: The French have asked him to refrain from cussing. It's not ...

  • The long and scenic road to Earl Grey

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016 5 Permalink 1

    Bergamot Because of British friend T's sage advice months ago on Twinings as the only decent brand for tea in these parts, I have been working my way ever since through all the Twinings flavors available at our supermarket. Having exhausted the usual varieties several times over, I finally this week reached the last type in stock, on the back top shelf, ...

  • An important color

    Thursday, November 26, 2015 2 Permalink 0

    Hue and hewn When I first came to France I thought I would be a flag-waving purist about French Revolutionary values, and at the very least, for sure, always eschew any hint of royalism. Liberté-Egalité-Fraternité all the way! Napoleon Bonaparte was as far as I would go. It would be clear and distinct unadulterated colors for me: Bleu-blanc-rouge, ...

  • Bingo à la française

    Sunday, January 25, 2015 2 Permalink 3

    I was initiated last night to the great Southern French tradition of Village Loto. I wriggled, I squirmed. 20h30 is time for bed, not the time to start anything. It's too provincial. Gambling is a sin! But M., who has been insisting I do this for years while I have faked headaches and made up every excuse imaginable, ...

  • In expatria: forbidden fruit

    Saturday, January 17, 2015 9 Permalink 13

    It's been well over four years now. Did most of you realize that better than me? Four years. It went by fast, 10% of my life to date lived in France, and there is no end in sight. We intend to grow old and die here, so the reckoning is becoming quite acute of what ...

  • Why “fauxcanard”?

    Thursday, January 15, 2015 6 Permalink 6

    Several people have asked why I named my blog fauxcanard. It's a play on two French words that have been adopted into English with somewhat twisted meanings: - FAUX /fəʊ/ : imitation, artificial, not genuine, fake, or ersatz. - and - CANARD /kəˈnɑːd,ˈkanɑːd/ : an unfounded rumor or story. [in French, un canard means literally "a duck" but it can also colloquially refer to a daily newspaper, a ...