The Académie Française was founded by Louis XIII on February 22, 1635, on the urging of Cardinal Richelieu. The forty members sit for life and are known as Les Immortels. They are tasked with creating the official French dictionary and advising on matters of language. They served an important function in helping to unite France through a common language at a time when the people in the south were almost incomprehensible to those in the north and vice versa. They also have totally awesome uniforms. That’s Jean Cocteau in his.
Today’s expression, le mot juste, (le moe joost) means “the right word.” It conveys the idea of being exactly the right word for the situation. Wouldn’t it be nice to always know that?