Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Word Of The Week


Today we woke up to a whopping six degrees - that's just under 43F. I walked Callie and not only could I see my breath, but my fingers got pretty cold. I had one hand in my jeans pocket while the other held the leash (Callie's not attached, but I carry it in case I need it) until it got too cold. Then I switched hands to warm the cold one.

I saw a blanket of fog in the river valley, but up here in the vineyards the air was crystal clear. I could see the huge tower of steam rising up from the power plant on the Loire about 50 miles away. The sun was just coming up.

The whole time I kept thinking, il fait frisquet ce matin, it's chilly this morning. The more I thought about it, the more I kept thinking, is that a real word ? So I looked it up and it is. I must have picked it up somewhere along the way.

From the Flemish frisch meaning cool, frisquet is both a noun and an adjective meaning chill or chilly.

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  1. Here in Paris it was a little less frisquet, but still 10° on my balcony when last Sunday was 21 at the same time in the morning is a bit unsettling...

  2. Officially it was exactly 6° centigrade here this morning too! But somehow I still had to scrape a thin layer of ice off my front windshield...

  3. It's cool that you're absorbing French words now, Walt. Do you remember the Simpson episode where Bart suddenly could speak French?

    It's not much of a leap from "frisquet" to our frisky, but the meaning is not really the same.

  4. I feel for you Mesdames et Messieurs. You have not been lucky weatherwise this year. Here in sunny Montreal Canada, we are experiencing 24 C but it can change pretty fast.

    Hopefully you will get some more warm weather before Autumn really kicks in .

  5. Wow, Ken's blog shows folks in tank tops and beautiful blue skies, and you're freezing. That was a quick change of weather!

    I do love those snowflake stamps, though. Have you seen this website?


  6. I appreciate the "warm" comments !

    I didn't really watch the Simpsons, so I don't remember the episode in question.

    And no, I didn't know about the snowflake stamps before. Thanks for the link !

    Happy Equinox, all !


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