Friend Sylvia caught a shot of this little fellow who has just reappeared in her garden in the south of France, inspiring the publication today of a French joke. It admittedly loses something in the translation:
Que dit la maman grenouille a son petit qui revient à une heure tardive? -- Dis donc, t'es tard!
What did the mother frog say to its youngster who was tardy in returning home? Say, you're late!
une grenouille: a frog
un têtard: a tadpole, pollywog
Explanation for those who didn't get it: "T'es tard" is a slurring of "tu est en retard," i.e., you're late; it sounds like the French word for tadpole, "têtard."
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