FRENCH FRIDAY #41: Carré

LA TASSE DE CAFE | FASHIONABLE FRENCH VOCABULARY
girls drinking coffee, cafe, coffee, talking, carré, coffee talk, la tasse de cafeCarré
French Pronounciation:  |ka rhay|

Definition : square / square shaped neck scarf

On this dreary, still too cold for me day, I'm wishing Spring would actually get here. I'm ready for iced coffees, ballet flats and carrés. I'm sick of bundling up in my poofy coat, my écharpe and my hot nespresso coffee.

In French, there are three kinds of scarves, the écharpe, for cold weather, the foulard, for warmer weather and the carré, which, let's admit it, is just decorative. Carré simply means "square," and the word is also used to refer to those typically French square-shaped neck scarves, such as the ones made famous by Hermès.

I bet Simone knows a thing or two about the carré!

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Amy Lynn: Simone, what are you doing? You can't wear that today!


Simone:  Yes, I can! I can, like, do what I want...with my bod-day!


Amy Lynn: OMG! You're going to be freezing in that flimsy little scarf!


Simone: What do I care?! At least I'll look awesome! And by the way, it's called a carré! OMG, get with the program!


Amy Lynn: Whatever! I'm wearing my poofy coat today, and anyone who doesn't like it can talk to the hand!

And what about you? Are you ready to dress for Spring, even though it's still not quite warm enough?

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Jenée Sais Quoi here: 

Today's French lesson was inspired by a conversation I had last week with my very fashionable friend, Ophelia. She was talking about a certain kind of woman in Europe and describing the way that type of woman dresses. Among the descriptive words such as pearls, Burberry trench coats and heels was the word Carré. She said it as if no translation was necessary, and that's when I realized it needed to be added to our list of French vocab to have in your back pocket!!! While a Carré can be any iteration of a square scarf, in a situation like mine with Ophelia, it most definitely referred to an Hermès Carré.  Now you know!

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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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