FRENCH FRIDAY #37: Cliché

La Tasse de Café | French Vocabulary by Mademoiselle Love
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Cliché
Pronounced:  [klee shay]
Definition: an expression or idea that is overused or predictable and may appear unoriginal

Back in frigid New York, I’m drinking my Nespresso and I’m wishing it was a Thai iced coffee like the one I had from Somnuek Kopee in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I could get over it and tell myself that “All good things must come to an end” but that would be so cliché, don’t you think? Speaking of which…


Have you used the French word cliché but wondered what it really means? A cliché is an expression such as “All good things must come to an end” which is overused to the point that we don’t even know why we say it anymore. I mean why must all good things necessarily come to an end?? A cliché can also refer to anything that is highly predictable and therefore seems unoriginal. Let’s see if Simone knows what I’m talking about…

Amy Lynn: OMG did you watch the Grammys?

Simone:  Like, duh! I’m guessing you did too?

Amy Lynn:Yeah, totally! I had a Grammy party - sorry I, like, forgot to invite you. We all got really dressed up, and we had champagne, and I gave out awards to everyone. I gave myself the award for “Best Dressed”! OMG it was so much fun! Too bad you missed it!
Simone:Whatever. That is so cliché. I’ve been to a thousand parties like that.

Amy Lynn:You’re just jealous. It was fabulous- even if it was cliché!

Maybe Amy Lynn has a point… Ideas become cliché because they are overused, but perhaps they are overused because they work? Then again, we all need some originality in our lives. 

What do you think? Are clichés sometimes ok?

Merci Beaucoup,
Mademoiselle Love
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Jenée Here:  The older you get, the more you understand clichés. I suppose that's part of the whole "older and wiser". It's one trade off for another.

Mlle Love was kind enough to share some photos from her Thailand vacation. Now look and feel warm.  
Thai Iced Coffee and Butter Sweetened Milk Toast @ Somnuek Kopee

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The Origin of "La Tasse de Café", French for "the cup of coffee"
is a morning radio show out of Ville Platte, Louisiana on KVPI-FM
My dad listens to it regularly to keep up with his Cajun French as he now doesn't have much opportunity to speak it in Louisiana where the language is disappearing. 
Since I'm from Cajun land in Louisiana - with a serious interest in fashion - and Mademoiselle Love, a Louisiana girl too, - is in love with everything French and everything coffee - it was only fitting we pay tribute to our roots and our new found loves with a weekly Fashion French lesson.

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