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My French is rubbish

I just received an email from Sébastien Petain, the editor in chief of BH Mag.FR, the website that published this article, directing readers to vote for Wired’s sexiest geek. The article included a photo of myself and iJustine as an example of the contest’s cliché geekettes. I was a bit chuffed when I read this and wrote a bit of a ranty post aboot it.

But, apparently I got it all wrong. Sébastien writes:

We are not saying that YOU are a cliché. In France there are two words to say “photo”: photo (of course ;p) and cliché! The right translation of the text would be: “I am also under an obligation to illustrate this news with few photos.” I hope that you understand now that there was no offense in this news about you or about all the girls of this contest.

So we can all stop blaming the French! In celebration of this news, I will eat a buttery baguette whilst wearing a beret and watching Jean-Luc Godard’s “Breathless”.

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    CTodd: /sea'tôd/ - n.
    February 1, 2008 at 4:44 AM


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    February 1, 2008 at 6:17 AM

    aish, y tú pensando cosas feas…

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    February 1, 2008 at 8:47 AM

    HA!!! See, if I had paid attention in French class, I could have helped you but um, no. I didn’t (to be fair, I was sick a 1/3 of the second semester and had to switch to Spanish when I switched schools b/c they didn’t offer Francais so my French is limited to not even a full year of high school first year French. And American high school at that, and American schools are teh suck, so you know…).

    I can’t help but laugh at this. Very, very funny. You got all uppity over nothing. Which ironically kind of makes the “cliche” in the non-photo definition true. Admit it Lisa, you’re just a pretty face ;-)

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    February 1, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    ironically, your celebration is un peu cliché….lol or as we say in France: rire dehors rire…

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    February 1, 2008 at 11:48 PM

    Your French is pants.
    For a linguist, it’s embarrassing. Ha, an illiterate linguist, it’s a cliché [see what I did there?].

    I think your heart’s not into winning this competition. You need to give the troops what they want. Let Them Eat GeekPix! Have you seen what the rest of the girls on the list are doing? And then there’s you – lovely shot and all, but hey, we know you’ve got that whole file on

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    February 1, 2008 at 11:50 PM


    …got that whole file on your MacBook that you could just throw up there and give the crowd what they’re screaming for…”GeekPix! GeekPix! GeekPix!”

    C’mon, throw a dog a bone!

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    Yoann Grange
    February 9, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    Godard is just so NOT French. At least, not so average French…

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    March 2, 2008 at 4:12 AM

    If you need some help in french i’m here, i’m french.

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