From A to Z, Twenty-Six Funny, Weird, Vivid French Expressions

 

GRENOUILLE DE BÉNITIER

 

 

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Literally: Church font’s frog

The expression is used to describe someone who is very churchy.

Would we say a zealot in English?

Tell me.

 

See you on Monday for the letter H, part of the A to Z Challenge!

 

P.S. Yesterday, one of the biggest names of the French musical scene died. Jacques Higelin was a songwriter and a musician, but also an actor and a human rights’ activist. He played a big role in my high school life. Pars is the song that brought him visibility, even though he had already started his long musical career. This song was also the soundtrack on many of many of my evenings. Often, American people have told me that they like French songs, even if they don’t understand the lyrics. If you have a few minutes, listen to Pars. Emotion-packed, the song carries a distinct French flavor and yet feels as fresh as when I played it on my turntable. Again. Again. And again.

Thank you for this song and the many others you wrote, Monsieur Higelin.

 

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