Le mot juste

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?

About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
This entry was posted in Literature and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

19 Responses to Le mot juste

  1. Pingback: Il y a une femme à l’origine de toutes les grandes choses | One quality, the finest.

  2. Pingback: Faire son deuil de quelque chose | One quality, the finest.

  3. Pingback: Occupe-toi de tes oignons! | One quality, the finest.

  4. Pingback: Il faut aimer la vie, même dans ses formes les moins attirantes | One quality, the finest.

  5. Pingback: Faire quelque chose contre vents et marées | One quality, the finest.

  6. Pingback: Battre le pavé | One quality, the finest.

  7. Pingback: Avoir plusieurs cordes à son arc | One quality, the finest.

  8. Pingback: Ma plus douce espérence est de perdre l’espoir | One quality, the finest.

  9. Pingback: Mes premières patries ont été des livres | One quality, the finest.

  10. Pingback: Les petites mains | One quality, the finest.

  11. Pingback: Il fabrique un autre, et se cache derrière” | One quality, the finest.

  12. Pingback: Le Fils naturel | One quality, the finest.

  13. Pingback: Mémoires d’outre-tombe | One quality, the finest.

  14. Pingback: L’État, c’est moi | One quality, the finest.

  15. cecilymadanes says:

    Reblogged this on Cecily M and commented:
    “Le mot juste,” the right word. I first heard the phrase in the sixth grade when I showed my father a short fiction piece I was working on for school.

  16. Pingback: Les grands artists non pas de patrie | One quality, the finest.

  17. Pingback: Prendre racine | One quality, the finest.

  18. Pingback: Grande Singerie | One quality, the finest.

  19. Pingback: Le Procès-verbal | One quality, the finest.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s