Daily Archives: 6 November 2011

A nit-picker

Naming no names, but ‘to be a nit-picker’ is translated as ‘être très tatillon (a man) or tatillonne (a woman)’. And, in similar vein, ‘to split hairs’ is described as ‘chercher la petite bête’ : literally: ‘to search for the little … Continue reading

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Un octet

‘Un octet’ is not a musical group with eight instruments (‘un octuor’) or a poem with eight lines (‘un huitain’) but ‘a byte’ in computer terms. One day I shall treat you to a whole section of computer words but, for … Continue reading

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