Friday, December 2, 2011


Par pitié...
The vacuum cleaner noise was too much for any cat to bear. He gave up; il a baissé les pattes.

un chat d'intérieur:  an indoor cat
un chat de maison:  an ordinary house cat and not purebred
un chat de gouttière:  an alley cat
un vacarme: a harsh noise, din
un boucan: a noisy racket
un aspirateur: a vacuum cleaner
une patte:  a paw

J'abandonne!  I give up!  It's hopeless.
Je donne ma langue au chat.  I give up (as in a guessing game); literally "I give my tongue to the cat."
Par pitié!  For pity's sake!
De grâce!  Please!
Il a baissé les bras:  He gave up; literally he lowered his arms.

©2011 P.B. Lecron

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