• Creative writing

    Hôtel République

    I was staying in a little town in France with a small crew to film a documentary film about French feminism and how men treat women in France. I had been in the country for a few weeks before I was to meet Jacques in Paris. I knew approximately what time he was supposed to arrive in Paris, so I went to a phone booth to try to reach him before I went to join him. I called him at the hotel where he was staying, but the hotel clerk who answered said he was not there. There was a long pause before he said: “Goodbye.” I was a bit…

  • Langues & languages

    A Tricky Expression: Tirer son Épingle du Jeu

    Agir afin que nos collectivités puissent tirer leur épingle du jeu dans une économie en dents de scie. Act to ensure that communities can seize the opportunities in a volatile economy. Recently, I’ve noticed that the expression “tirer son épingle du jeu” has become very popular. I looked it up to find out what it meant and what I discovered surprised me. Le Petit Robert, 2014, p.907 – Tirer son épingle du jeu : Se dégager adroitement d’une situation délicate, se retirer à temps d’une affaire qui devient mauvaise, sauver sa mise. The dictionary meaning of the expression doesn’t seem to match the way it is being used. I have…