Happy St. Jean Baptiste, Dear Quebec!

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10 thoughts on “Happy St. Jean Baptiste, Dear Quebec!”

    1. Let’s wait to see if our readers from Quebec sleep off their festivities and come to enlighten us. I spoke to my family in Quebec and they have no idea. They are not born Quebequers, though.

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  1. I think that “ironed bread” is peculiar to that movie, although I will ask my mom and my aunts to make sure I am right. It seems that the housewife in the movie uses this technique to replace the “grill cheese maker,” which, if I am not mistaken, was very popular in the 50s and 60s.

    I have read on the Internet that people wrap paninis in aluminium foil and iron them.

    I love the connection between the movie and the idiomatic expression “avoir du pain sur la planche.”

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  2. Yes, “grilled cheese makers” (or “grillettes” in French) were very common in the 60s. The mother using an iron to prepare a grilled cheese sandwich was simply a nod to humble creativity.

    The English expression for “avoir du pain sur la planche” is “to have a lot on one’s plate”. Translating expressions is very interesting. Here’s a few examples… to “nip it in the bud” is “le tuer dans l’oeuf”; “counting your chickens before they’ve hatched” is “vendre la peau de l’ours avant de l’avoir tué”; “a bird in the hand is better than two in the bush” is “un ‘tien’ vaut mieux que deux fois ‘tu l’auras'”; “the straw that broke the camel’s back” is “la goutte qui a fait déborder le vase”…

    Thanks Clarissa.

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    1. It’s great to have you here, Pure Laine! “La peau de l’ours avant de l’avoir tue” exists in the exact same form in Russian which is very curious. I wonder how idioms travel from one language to another.

      Thank you for this enlightening comment.

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