It's Hard to Have Pigpen MomentsWhen You're Tigger at Heart
Ilet Du Gosier

Life in France Has That Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi


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> There haven't been a lot of American boats here at Ilet Du Gosier so we hang out with the Canadians. French Canadians and French sailors flock to Guadeloupe just as American, British, and the rest of the Canadians prefer Antigua, and the Virgins. I won't say that we haven't have language challenges getting work done here, but EW and I have spent most of the last six months in non-English speaking countries and we are developing patience and a deep appreciation for those who are multi-lingual.
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> We try to add to our vocabulary every day and we use our new words and phrases aboard La Luna, so I wasn't surprised when EW complimented me by saying that my outfit, "had a certain je ne sais quoi." Since I cannot be taught to never look a gift horse in the mouth, I asked wether he knew what that phrase meant. He didn't, but we both had used it for years, influenced by one of our favorite NPR shows. (I think it was from Prairie Home Companion, EW thinks it was from Whadda Ya Know. ) We resolved to ask our friends from Toronto on Triumph and from Quebec on Sakti, and actually remembered to do so while enjoying sundowners with the four of them that evening.
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> EW posed the question. There was a pause, and three of the four said, "I don't know." I interjected, "You must know what it means!" It was an Abbott and Costello moment. "I Don't Know" played third base, and "I don't know" completed EW's morning compliment. We imagined we were saying "you have that certain mystique"; or "You have that certain unique beauty".
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> It actually means that "You have that certain ...I don't know..." Which could really be a good thing or a bad thing. It's all in the delivery.
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> I am positive EW was giving me a lovely compliment that morning, but from now on I'm going to listen carefully on his delivery.
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> The French language is tricky like that.
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