La barbe !

‘La barbe !’ (‘the beard!’). This is usually said while stroking one’s chin (not sure if it works so well for women, though). It translates as ‘I’m bored’. I have realized only recently that this expression must have grown from meaning that when time appears to be passing slowly and without interest, it can mean there is time for a beard to grow. Mmmm…

I usually get the urge to kill anyone who complains of being bored too persistently. Can’t they find just one tiny thing of interest? I often wish I had more time to be bored…

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