Sunday, August 11, 2013


It wasn't until I was looking at these hand-turned olive wood utensils being sold by a religious order in a market in Provence that I realized I had never paid attention to how to say "spoonful" in French. It's cuillerée.

une cuillerée:  a spoonful
une cuillerée pleine:  a heaping spoonful
une cuillerée rase:  a level spoonful

Il faut une longue cuiller pour souper avec le Diable.
Translated literally this says a long spoon is needed when having supper with the devil, meaning that you should keep your distance from shady or dangerous individuals.

©2013 P.B. Lecron

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