Le baromètre est au beau fixe.
luh baa-roh-met-tray oh boh FEEKS. Click below to hear this.*
The barometer is pointing to fair weather.
Barometers are strange gadgets. Maybe it’s just because I live in Chicago, but my barometer seems stuck on “Change”. And, in fact, we complain a lot about our changeable weather, though perhaps it’s no worse than in many other locations.
Reading a barometer in everyday English involves pretending the device can talk: “The barometer says rain.” But in French, you say what it is pointing to: for example, Le baromètre est au beau fixe. That means that it is steady and indicating fine weather. The reality is that there’s rain coming in the next several days, so we can’t really say that here; we will have to say Le baromètre est à la pluie, The barometer is pointing to rain. Again.
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