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French Word of the Day:

le haut-le-coeur (oh-leuh-ker) noun, masculine

   : (avoir un haut-le-coeur) = to retch, to heave

"Haut-le-coeur" means, literally, "high heart"... and isn't that a prettier image than the words' "repulsive" meaning... one relating to a feeling of nausea that comes from foul food preparation, motion-sickness, pregnancy, and more....

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À force de tergiverser et d'avoir des haut-le-cœur à chaque soubresaut, nous regardons les trains passés en Afrique. After a lot of shilly-shallying and after the nausea following each jolt, we watched the trains pass in Africa. -from Le Figaro

A Day in a M O R O C C A N Life...
by Kristin Espinasse

By the last day of our Moroccan (mis)adventure, our family of seven were almost recovered from what the natives deemed "soft-stomach syndrome". But were our unaccustomed appetites really to blame? Could the finger fairly be pointed at our "fussy" French foies*?

Non! my husband argues, it was hotel hygiene! My sister-in-law, ever diplomatic, chalked it off to a bad case of gastro. As for me, I wonder if all those freshly-fished huîtres* and clams... might've caused our stomaches' sensational grand slam?

Then again, the signs in our hotel room bathroom read: "FORBIDDEN TO DRINK THE WATER." I wondered if that meant that we couldn't so much as wet our toothbrushes with it either? As a security precaution, I poured a bit of bottled water over my brosse à dents* (never mind that the last several brushings were with the woeful water).

While blue-faced in bed, I passed the time wondering about the origin of our collective stomach upset. After so much surmising, I eventually became bored with the guessing games -- and decided to delete all of the seafood  and coquillages*-related photos from my camera... which brought some relief. Next, to keep my mind off misery, I turned my attention to words which, as always, lifted my spirits. Coming up with a title to today's story amused me to no end:

Meal Misadventures
Dining Disasters
Supper Sufferings
Feast Foibles
Appetite Angst
Palate Punishment
Snack Scoldings

Picnic Penalties
Kibble Kauchemars*...

As much fun as I had playing with words, my stomach remained a very poor sport... chalk that off to digestive defeat.

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le foie (m) = liver; une huître (f) = oyster; brosse (f) à dents = toothbrush; le coquillage (m) = shellfish; le cauchemar (m) = nightmare

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