Tu n’as pas branché ton ordi!
tew nah pah brah-shay taw nor-DEE! Click below to hear this.*
You haven’t plugged in your computer!
What do you do when your new computer doesn’t work?
You call your best friend, the computer wizard. She pokes a few keys, switches it on and off, peers at the back of it. And then she pronounces the fateful words: Tu n’as pas branché ton ordi! she holds up the missing power cord while you smack your forehead in that universal can’t-believe-my-own-stupidity gesture.
Brancher means to plug in. As a tree grows limbs, appliances of every kind once sprouted power cords. In this day and age of connectivity, brancher also means to connect. So even when you are connected wirelessly to people around the world, you are wired, or connected. You are branché(e). But you are still going to have to get your electricity from somewhere.
Yesterday, “European French Male” pronounced the day’s phrase for you. Today it’s “European French Female.” What do you think of her?
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