Une Kyrielle

Une kyrielle désigne une longue suite de paroles qui se répètent, une série d’êtres ou de choses qui n’en finissent pas :

A ‘kyrielle’ describes a long string of repeated words, a series of beings or things that never end.

‘ “Ah ! je ne l’ai pas vue depuis trois jours,” dit Sénécal. Et il entama une kyrielle de plaintes. En acceptant les conditions de fabricant, il avait entendu demeurer à Paris, et non s’enfouir dans cette campagne, loin de ses amis, privé de journaux.’

‘ “Oh! I haven’t seen her for three days,” said Sénécal. And he let loose a string of complaints. When he had accepted the conditions of the manufacturer, he had understood he would be staying in Paris, not plunged into the depths of this countryside, far away from his friends, cut off from newspapers.’

Gustave Flaubert : ‘L’Éducation sentimentale’ (1869)

Taken from: ‘Pourquoi dit-on ? 2012’ par Delphine Gaston

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