Tuesday, August 21, 2012


Montrer patte blanche
A sign of recognition 
A French child's education is not complete without having learned by heart at least two or three fables by Jean de La Fontaine. Pompon, this blog's mascot, kindly illustrates the expression "montrer patte blanche" popularized in "Le Loup, le Chèvre, et le Chevreau." 

The fable, in short: One day when the mother goat had to leave her kid home alone, locked the door and told him a phrase to use as a password, with instructions not to open the door to anyone without it. The wolf who was sneaking around the house at the time, overheard the phrase. When the mother goat left, he knocked at the door and repeated the password. But because he did not get the phrase just right, the young goat was suspicious and asked that he "show a white paw," proof the he was not the wolf.

une patte:  a paw
un loup:  a wolf
un chevreau:  a kid goat
un mot de passe:  a password
montrer:  to show

©2012 P.B. Lecron

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