The man spoke four languages so fluently he was mistaken for a native in each. But he was not a linguist. He was a polyglot. "One is an academic, one is a Swiss waiter," he remarked.
Tuesday, January 25, 2000
Today the French Word of the Day for today is le seuil. It means: the threshold; that is, a slab of stone, wood, or metal at the base of a door; and the figurative meaning of that sense, as in the entry of a house, or the limit of something.
Ainsi la procession se rend jusqu'au seuil de la cathédrale pour en expulser les pénitents.
Thus the procession makes it way to the threshold of the cathedral to expel the penitents.
L'inconfort ressenti par une personne est relatif aux dépassements de certains seuils préétablis de tolérance à la tension.
The discomfort a person feels is relative to the passing of certain pre-established limits of tolerance to strain.