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#65882 - 04/18/02 06:19 PM old maids Joined: Mar 2000
Posts: 6,511 AnnaStrophic
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lower upstate New York
"Arsenic and Old Lace"?
#65883 - 04/19/02 01:45 AM Re: femme de trent ans Joined: Nov 2000
Posts: 1,289 Bobyoungbalt
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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.
#65884 - 04/19/02 02:01 AM Re: femme de trent ans Joined: Mar 2001
Posts: 2,379 inselpeter
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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.
#65885 - 04/19/02 03:29 AM Re: femme de trent ans Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 618 doc_comfort
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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.
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