Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Tête de linotte....

Should I be worried that my 4-year old's teacher tells her she has une tête de linotte? This roughly translates to 'you are a bird-brain', or 'are you not paying attention, you silly little fool?'.

I only learned this when saying to the Duke that I'd learned a new phrase avoir une tête de linotte, and she piped up and said 'my teacher says that to me'.

Hmmmm, I'm sure I've said worse than that to her, and of course she laughs and thinks it's funny that her teacher tells her she has a pea-sized brain. It just goes to show that already the little ladies have a better grasp of the language than I do, with their gros mots and colloquial phrases. I'm sure it won't be long before they are telling me I'm a bird-brain...

5 comments:

Isabelle said...

Don't worry about your daughter's teacher telling her that she has a tête de linotte. It's just a cute expression, nothing personal at all.

The Duchess said...

Thanks for that, Isabelle. I had a feeling that was the case!

A Work In Progress.. said...

Boy, I would be totally pissed to learn this news, but since your daughter doesn't seem upset by it, then it's probably nothing to worry about. I am extra hormonal right now too.

poppy fields said...

I haven't heard that one before.

Polly-Vous Francais said...

Love it! A phrase that is certainly applicable chez moi.

I'll have to dictionnaire 'linotte' to grasp the etymology.

Merci, Duchesse!