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Bigbird  (Level: 250.7 - Posts: 3355)
Sat, 23rd May '09 8:54 AM


Well, more of an explanation. I listed a trade card (advertising card dating from the 1880s) on ebay yesterday that I don't really understand. It is a "charade" card - sort of a puzzle. There are pictures on the front which are a play on words, and a ditty in French on the back.

I have copied the saying from the back of the card, and it appears in the description on the page linked above. I've also posted what I thought it meant - but I still don't get it.

I understand the end part - nose is nez, and that is the ending sound of the word - but I'm lost about the rest of it. If we have any French speakers - and I am sure we do - I would really appreciate an explanation.


Bigmama60  (Level: 95.2 - Posts: 6644)
Sat, 23rd May '09 9:10 AM

Alice, Bookworm483554 speaks French perhaps you can send her a private message. I hope that helps you.

1mks  (Level: 221.4 - Posts: 5931)
Sat, 23rd May '09 9:18 AM

My first serve was working,
My second was fun
My third is to breathe
I eat all the good

Didb72  (Level: 222.2 - Posts: 243)
Sun, 24th May '09 12:08 PM

As the only french native on this website, it can be translated but does not mean anything because it is taken out of the context. It is a word play made french words.
De: use for sewing and working (thimble means de in french)
jeu: use for playing (game is jeu in french)
ner: nose for breathing
dejeuner is lunch in french.
I hope this post will help you to understand the riddle.

Collioure  (Level: 115.6 - Posts: 9952)
Sun, 24th May '09 12:31 PM

Dés = thimble and/or dice (pronounced day)

jeux = games

nez = nose (pronounced nay)

Des-jeux-ner, that is dejeuner = luinch

Bigbird  (Level: 250.7 - Posts: 3355)
Sun, 24th May '09 1:23 PM

Thank you both! I knew it was a play on words, but I'm not going to tell you the grades I got in French in college, before the flood. That was exactly what I was looking for. Now I can revise my listing (which fortunately has a bid anyway) and sound intelligent, too! I really appreciate it.

Bigbird  (Level: 250.7 - Posts: 3355)
Fri, 29th May '09 8:45 PM

Thanks again! With your help, the card sold nicely.

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