FRENCH FRIDAY #11: Chaise longue

This week's French word: chaise longue
La Tasse de Cafe | French Vocabulary by Mademoiselle Love

Chaise longue
pronounced:    shez lɔ̃nɡ(ə) 
Translation:    long chair

Today, I, Mademoiselle Love, woke up in my Brooklyn apartment and made myself a tasse de café with my Nespresso machine. While it is quite satisfying, I'm really wishing there was some chicory in my coffee. If only I could transport myself every morning to sunny New Orleans and relax on a chaise longue with a cup of café au lait from Café du Monde. That reminds me...

We Americans have been mispronouncing this one for too long, and our buddies from Europe have been making fun of us for it for too long. Have you ever tried to be fancy and called any kind of long chair, a chaise lounge? Well, whether you're referring to one of those poolside chairs meant for sunbathing or an indoor cross between a chair and a divan, it is not a "chaise lounge". It is a chaise longue

In French, these words are not fancy in any way. 
Chaise is the word for any ordinary chair, and long(ue) just means long. Put that together, and you get "long chair". Not very fancy, right?

It's true that in English the word chaise has come to refer to any long indoor chair or any outdoor lounge chair, and people often say it when they want to sound fancy. But remember: it just means "chair"! 

From now on, let's at least spare ourselves a bit of embarrassment and stop saying chaise lounge. Amy Lynn still needs to get this one down. Her French boyfriend is in for a surprise!

Pierre: Bonjour, Amy Lynn. You look verhy preetty today. Would you like to seet weez me on zees beeuteeful bed?

Amy Lynn: No thank you, Pierre. I'm, like, totally fine here on this chaise lounge.

Pierre: Euh... mm... what deed you call zees beeuteeful chair?

Amy Lynn: Like, duh! It's a chaise lounge.

Pierre: Mon dieu! Amy Lynn. I weel not be able to date you unless you say zees corrhectlee. Zees eez a "chaise longue".

Amy Lynn: Ok, like, whatever, Pierre. Shut up, and kees me!

Pierre: Ok, you may call ze chair whatever you like.

Félicitations to Pierre who finally gets his kiss. 
Bon week-end, y'all!

Merci Beaucoup,
Mademoiselle Love

jenée here:
Sure a chaise longue is not very fancy at all when you realize it's simply a long chair, but stick some imperial fabric on it, place it in the Palace of Versailles and plop Marie Antionette on it - an whoa, IT'S FANCY. One of my favorite "historical" "fashion" films ever was Sophia Coppola's MARIE ANTOINETTE. The scenes are almost edible and Kirsten Dunst lounging on a chaise longue gives new meaning to ... long chair. 

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 my friend, the author, a Louisiana girl too, who is head over heels in love with everything French and everything coffee, it was only fitting we pay tribute to our roots and our new found loves.
Tune in to KVPI every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:45AM (NY time) for your Cajun French lesson and come back to the blog every Friday for more French lessons from Mademoiselle Love. We will discuss useful French  words or expressions for the fashionable girl. But to make it even more enjoyable, we will do it over a very fashionable cup of coffee. 

..... oh and one more thing to get your weekend going >>>>>>>>>