N’oubliez pas d’aller aux urnes demain !

N’oubliez pas d’aller aux urnes demain !

noo-blee-ay PAH daa-lay oh ZEWR-nuh duh-maa. Click below to hear this pronounced.

Don’t forget to go vote tomorrow!

Yes, you can say voter. It’s a perfectly good word and it means to vote. So why do we need another word?

For the same reason that English needs go to the polls as well as vote, that’s why! It’s boring always to use the same words, and journalists for French media, in particular, like showing off their learnedness by displaying a large vocabulary.

If you’re worrying about funeral urns, those are des urnes funéraires. How did we get from urns to ballot boxes? It seems that in ancient times, people placed their ballots in an urn…as simple as that. The shape has changed, but the function and the name have stayed the same!

As for the voting booth, that’s un isoloir, because it isolates you from the other voters. And your ballot is a bulletin de vote.

Now, if you are a US citizen, n’oubliez pas d’aller aux urnes demain !

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