Thursday, March 29, 2012


The cleanest housekeeper I know is a cheerful and bantering French woman who  says she isn't happy unless she's doing a "nettoyage profond."  (For fun I call that profound cleaning.) The translation is "deep cleaning." I interpret this to mean that for her its spring cleaning every day of the year. À fond.
Do people think like they clean, or clean like they think?

faire le ménage:  to do the housework; also to clear the decks, to clean up
nettoyer à fond:  to clean deeply
à fond:  in depth, thoroughly

©2012 P.B. Lecron

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