Les toilettes sont au fond du couloir.
lay twah-let saw a oh faw dew koo-LWAAR. Click below to hear this.*
The bathroom is at the end of the hall.
In general, le fond means the bottom of something, like a cooking pot, or the ocean. And the end of something, like the earth or a road, is le bout.
Le couloir is the hall(way) or corridor. It runs horizontally, rather than vertically, but it has a fond nevertheless. It’s the deadend you run into where you can’t walk any farther.
And le couloir began its life literally as a place where something flows, because couler means to flow. Hopefully it’s just the foot traffic flowing, and nothing else. The movie we’ve been talking about is La Délicatesse, not The Titanic.
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