Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Poissons d'avril

April 1 is the traditional Poisson d'avril day in France, similar to April Fool's Day in the US, though I don't know if the hijinx get into full gear as much. In the States, I liked celebrating April Fool's Day almost as much as Christmas. Okay, more than Christmas.

If you want to tape a fish to someone's back today, just here are some fishy illustrations for you.

And so, in honor of the day, I reflected upon fish. Before living in Paris, I had no idea how many types of fish there could be on a menu. So voici ma petite contribution du jour. A glossary of fish (poisson) terms in English with translations in French and other languages. Hurrah -- now I can really read the menu without translating everything as "some white fish or other."

And, of course, Lou-Lou sends her very best. No kidding!


Polly-Vous Francais said...

P.S. "Charlie the Tuna" is included because he's the "Tuna with Good Taste."

Sooo French, n'est-ce pas?

(I do think that in older versions his cap was a beret, but can't verify... Sorry, Charlie!)

Unknown said...

I used to be able to buy little chocolate fish at the gift shop at the hospital where I worked. Can't find them anymore - but they were a fun way to treat coworkers on April 1. I am glad to see the Poisson d'avril custom survives.

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