Every day I see flyers stuck under windshield wipers in cars parked along the street. I don't know why, but I've been collecting them for over a year now. A slice of Paris life.

I have no knowledge of or vested interest in the establishments advertised in these flyers.

If you see a bona fide Paris windshield advertising flyer and would like to have it posted here, submit the scanned version to me at pollyvousfrancais [at] yahoo [dot] com and I'll do my best to include it. With attribution, of course!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008


Gratuit, of course, means "free" or "given." I like to think of all the other words that come from the Latin gratis: gratuity, gratuitous, congratulations, ingrate.
Not the same as libre, which means "free" as in available or unconstrained: as in liberty, liberate, and so forth.

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