- Given the vocabulary items pictured above, last night I most likely fell asleep listening to the beginning of Céline’s _________________________.
- Given the posts that I have been writing lately, I have most recently probably read Queneau’s __________________________________.
- le planton: orderly. In the military sense of the word, not the hospital sense of the word–a hospital orderly is an aide-soignant(e).
- l’ambuscade (f.): ambush.
- en embuscade: in waiting, in ambush.
- le régiment: regiment.
- le régiment: military service. (Native speakers: is this specifically obligatory military service?)
- l’escadron (m.): squadron.
- la vérole: smallpox; (slang) syphilis.
- la décrue: decrease in water level, subsiding of floodwaters.
- le sapin: pine tree, fir (tree).
- estompé: (of memory or color) faded, dimmed, dulled
- le mélo: melodrama. (Native speakers: is this pejorative?)
- l’accoutrement: clothes that are amusing. Get-up.
- Voyage au bout de la nuit. It starts with Bardamu enlisting in the French army during World War I.
- Exercices de style, the same story told 99 times in 99 different ways, which I realized I was doing with this series of posts presented as different kinds of tests.