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Comme quoi
First sense, "which just goes to show". example - Il s’en est tiré sain et sauf, comme quoi il y a un dieu pour les inconscients. He escaped unharmed, which just goes to show there is a god for the reckless.
Second sense, "saying that". example - Il a écrit une lettre comme quoi il ... He wrote a letter saying that he ...
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I came across the french word 'quatorzaine' today. 14 days.
So that's the origin of the english word quarantine - why didn't I think of it before?

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Good theory but it comes from the Italian quaranta = 40.
The number of days ships and passengers were isolated in Venice during the plague.
All orders were now issued through Squealer or one of the other pigs. Napoleon himself was not seen in public as often as once in a fortnight.

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You're right Ally - quarante is 40 not 14. Which is quatorze.
Mysty - you managed to see a dentist! not possible here - I've needed one since just after lockdown started as a front crown came off. So I daren't smile in public.

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Ally wrote:
Tue May 19, 2020 7:20 pm
Good theory but it comes from the Italian quaranta = 40.
The number of days ships and passengers were isolated in Venice during the plague.
Yes thats right, and in France its still known as mise en quarantaine, - usually for 14 days :lol:

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Surely the length of any quarantine is dependent on the issue being addressed regardless of location, language or etymology.
All orders were now issued through Squealer or one of the other pigs. Napoleon himself was not seen in public as often as once in a fortnight.

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PatF wrote:
Tue May 19, 2020 8:05 pm
You're right Ally - quarante is 40 not 14. Which is quatorze.
Mysty - you managed to see a dentist! not possible here - I've needed one since just after lockdown started as a front crown came off. So I daren't smile in public.
Don't worry. They won't see it wearing your mask. :)
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ps my first post about this word was wrong :oops:
The french word for quarantine is quarantaine (not quatorzaine.)
Or maybe you can say 14 days instead of 40. 14 is more common with the present plague. The french seem to like to invent new words.
This is from today's la depeche:
"L’objectif étant de dépister au plus vite et de faire respecter la mise en "quatorzaine" pour les cas positifs."

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PatF wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 12:42 pm
The french seem to like to invent new words.
Two of the latest, déconfinement and distanciation, haven't made it into the new edition of Le Larousse this year, no doubt they'll be there in next year's edition.
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