En goguette

IMG_4407I came across a new word on the Mode Personnel(le) blog that I follow.  The context was how to incorporate a classic vintage bag, like the Hermès Kelly, into a normal wardrobe. The person writing for help lamented, “…j’ai vite l’air de Bernadette Chirac en goguette.” Bernadette Chirac is the rather formidable looking wife of the former French president Jacques Chirac. I had to look up en goguette (ohn go-get). It means “making merry” or “enjoying oneself.” The origin of the word dates back to the fifteenth century and referred to a gathering of people to sing and have fun together, especially around Carnaval. It’s rather hard to find any pictures of Madame Chirac doing anything but glowering! I really can’t picture her busting lose at a karaoke night. Mais on ne sais jamais (But one never knows).

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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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