Tuesday, January 18, 2000

la férule

Today's French mot is la férule.  It means a paddle of wood or leather for whipping.
  • Jadis, on croyait que la férule était l’outil le plus nécessaire pour le maître d'école ; aujourd'hui, les peines corporelles ont disparu de notre enseignement public.
In olden days, it was believed that a wooden paddle was the most important tool for a schoolmaster to possess; today, corporal punishment has vanished from our public education system.

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