An empty lot full of wishes

dandelion seeds in a field

The word dandelion comes from the French "dent de lion" -- lion's tooth. Modern French has a rather different name for the weeds, though.

As it happens, all this rain has polled very well in the dandelion community.

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Does anyone know a lawn service willing to tackle the insanity that is my lawn after this week of rain (that ideally won't cost an arm and a leg)? My eco friendly reel mower is just not going to cut it after all this - pun intended.

I've owned two copies of a book called Merde!: The Real French You Were Never Taught at School. Today I have neither: they were both borrowed and never returned. (Aside: I never heard my French-immigrant grandparents say "merde," it was something more like "shett!")

Anyhow, the most memorable citation in Merde! was "chaud-pisse," which means ... well, you can probably guess.

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Lou, I have that book, though I have it on good authority that using 80% of the phrases will make you sound rather... quaint? Provincial? I believe the exact wording was "like a farmer".

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