Sunday, August 5, 2012


Gentil coquelicot
So many days have been cool and rainy this season that it's nice to have wake-up reminders that it actually is summer in northern France, like these field poppies bordering a wheatfield at Gerberoy, a country village in Picardie. Until the 16th century the flower was called coquerico because it resembled a rooster's cockscomb. Its name was eventually morphed to coquelicot.

A classic French children's song with sing-along words for French learners: Gentil Coquelicot

un coquelicot:  a poppy
rouge coquelicot:  poppy red
un champ de blé:  a wheatfield
gentil(-le):  nice, kind
une comptine d'enfant:  a nursery rhyme; a children's song
cocorico:  cock-a-doodle-do
un coq:  a cock, a rooster
une crête:  a crest
une crête de coq:  a cockscomb

©2012 P.B. Lecron

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