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.


  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.”


  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.


    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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