Meaning ‘carpet’, ‘rug’ or ‘mat’, tapis is used in a range of French expressions. Mettre qch sur le tapis means ‘to put on the table’/‘to bring something up’. Aller au tapis means ‘to fall apart’/‘go to pot’ and is often used in sport when a team/player loses.
Fans of the French language will enjoy Les Francophonies in the city of Limoges, Limousin from 21 September to 1 October. The annual festival celebrates the French-speaking world, with a particular focus on Africa, through all forms of expression from dance and theatre to music and readings. The line-up favours a blend of genres; an approach that applies to the entire festival programme of street performances, concerts and theatre plus food and drink stalls that all imbue the city with a lively atmosphere. lesfrancophonies.fr One of my favourite French words is la chauve-souris (a bat that flies at dusk). I first learned this word from Monique, a farmer’s wife when we used to stay with them in Charente from 1990. Our eldest daughter was married in 1995 and she sent us a bottle of champagne to bury in the garden on the wedding day. The old Charentaise custom was to dig it up when the first child was born, which we duly did and still have the photo to prove it!
Glenys Alice Ellis from Bolton, Lancashire
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