|About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us|
Register Log In Wordsmith.org Forums Q&A about words femme de trent ans Forums Calendar Active Threads Search Forum Help
Page 2 of 2 1 2
old maids #65882
04/18/02 06:19 PM 04/18/02 06:19 PM
Joined: Mar 2000
lower upstate New York AnnaStrophic
lower upstate New York
"Arsenic and Old Lace"?
Re: femme de trent ans #65883
04/19/02 01:45 AM 04/19/02 01:45 AM
Joined: Nov 2000
Posts: 1,289 Bobyoungbalt
French can be equivocal in many ways and this is an illustration. If Balzac were speaking about a man and alluded to his "femme de trente ans", it would mean his wife of 30 years; i.e., they had been married 30 years.
Re: femme de trent ans #65884
04/19/02 02:01 AM 04/19/02 02:01 AM
Joined: Mar 2001
New York City inselpeter
New York City
<<..so by Sherlockian reduction...ease suggested by the other option.>>
I'm with Mav on this one. Either because she's married, or unmarried, or "experienced," or whatever other either you may think of, at a certain age -- let's call it 30 -- romance is no longer that thing once taken so lightly. The ambiguity of the definition you cited is, I think, the result of its deliberately salacious -- call it romantic -- formulation.
Anu's spell checker insists that where I wrote "salacious," I meant "salad." But I can assure you, I eat my salad dressed.
Re: femme de trent ans #65885
04/19/02 03:29 AM 04/19/02 03:29 AM
Joined: Jan 2001
As one who only skim reads most threads, could people please refrain from typing Anu's. My medical mind always reads that the wrong way.
Page 2 of 2 1 2
Moderated by Jackie
Forum Statistics Forums16Topics13,883Posts224,836Members9,056 Most Online3,341
Dec 9th, 2011
Newest Members Nikki1221, Veezkneez, LOC, Luna, wordie
9056 Registered Users
Who's Online Now 0 registered members (), 173 guests, and 3 spiders. Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters(30 Days) LukeJavan8 24A C Bowden 13LOC 1
Top Posters(All Time) wwh 13,858Faldage 13,803Jackie 11,613tsuwm 10,538LukeJavan8 9,158wofahulicodoc 7,968Buffalo Shrdlu 7,210AnnaStrophic 6,511Wordwind 6,296of troy 5,400
Forum Rules · Mark All Read Contact Us · Wordsmith.org