Les choses ne tournent pas rond.
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Things aren’t going smoothly.
Trying to fix my mother’s computer yesterday, and thinking of this phrase all day. Literally, Things aren’t turning roundly. It doesn’t refer to gears, nor playground carousels, nor even the little wheels that turn in your head (though my sister swears she can hear mine).
This phrase is more like your car’s tires on a very cold morning (ga-bump, ga-bump, as you head out the driveway). Or like trying to pull a wagon with square wheels. Things that ne tournent pas rond tend to throw a monkey wrench into the works.
Notice that, since les choses is a plural noun, the verb has to be plural as well (tournent). But rond, which is really an adjective meaning round, a description of a shape, is being used as an adverb meaning roundly. A wheel with a perfectly round shape turns smoothly. Gears that mesh perfectly turn smoothly. A flat tire doesn’t.
And by the way, if you don’t know how to change a flat tire, you should learn. Otherwise, you may find that les choses ne tournent pas rond. Not just your tires, but also the havoc this can wreak with your entire day.
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