Sans état d’âme

img_4205For years, I’d heard the expression sans état d’âme (sahnz ay-tay dam) without realizing what it really meant or how it was written. It was only when I recently saw it written that the penny dropped. Sans = without, état = state, and d’âme = of soul. A little more smoothly it is generally translated “without soul searching.” I took the photo, above, at the église des Cordeliers in Nancy. Since it’s been in use since 1487 (now as part of a museum), I imagine that those stone walls have seen their share of soul searching.

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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2 Responses to Sans état d’âme

  1. Zoe Macfarlane says:

    sans etat d’ame : could it also mean (more metaphorically) without conforming to societal expectations?

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