En faire voir de toutes les couleurs à quelqu’un

A friend recently pointed me in the direction of Little Brown Pen, Nichole Robertson’s wonderful photography of Paris. Her blog features her photo collections, as well as some of her wonderings about the beauty around her. Robertson is a freelance writer, principally in the fashion and beauty world. She started her blog as a release from her work obligations. The blog is whimsically named after her favorite color of fine Sharpie pens.

Robertson’s blog explained that she began to notice the appearance of the same hues appearing here and there on her walks throughout Paris and she began to organize her photos thematically by color. The dove gray and cream that predominates in Paris architecture makes colors pop. Robertson’s book Paris in Color, scheduled to be released on April 18, 2012, showcases these colorful collections. I’ve pre-ordered my copy and can’t wait for it to arrive. You can also buy prints and postcards directly from her website.

Today’s expression en faire voir de toutes les couleurs à quelqu’un (ohn fare vwar duh toot lay coolurs ah kelkun) literally means “to cause someone to see all the colors.” Figuratively, however it means to give someone a really hard time. I couldn’t find any explanation for the etymology of the expression, so if anyone out there knows, I’m all ears.  I picture a long harangue in which all the reasons for an objection are spelled out in vivid detail. Nichole Robertson makes us see all the colors in Paris, which is far more pleasant than a lecture any day. I can’t wait to get back and start my own collection of color-themed photos.

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.
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