Ce livre est épuisé.

Ce livre est épuisé.

suh lee-vray tay-pwee-ZAY. Click below to hear this.*

That book is out of print.

I have some experience with this. As a graduate student specializing in the Middle Ages, I encountered plenty of dusty old must-read books that were épuisés, out of print. Thank heavens for the University of Chicago Libraries, which had most of what I needed!

Nowadays, épuisé may be good news. If the book is out of print, it may also be out of copyright, which means that you stand a very good chance of finding it available for free download from the internet direct to your favorite reading device.

Have you guessed where the word épuisé comes from? The prefix é- is from the Latin ex-, meaning out (of). Un puits is a well. So when something is épuisé, it has been drawn from the well. The stock or supply has been exhausted. It’s not just gone from a specific bookstore, it’s gone.

And that can also happen to people. If you are épuisé(e), you are exhausted. Worn out. Tapped out. Done in. Time for bed.

*Some mobile phones, such as Blackberries, won’t display the audio player. If no player appears, here’s an alternative link to the audio file:




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