My choice of “démocratie” was inspired by this post (in French) by Laurent at Embruns. It links to a commented excerpt from a text by José Saramago in this month’s Le Monde Diplomatique’s paper edition. I am very fond of Saramago.
Be that as it may, what about a word of the week feature on this blog? I am tempted to publish regular installments of words or idioms I come across in French or English. The pleasant thing about blogging is that I’m entitled to be whimsical. Wotw — mdls in French — let’s give it a try.
So the first one is … cat vacuuming, also known as waxing the cat, a term from the world of science fiction writing. Deirdre provides the explanation.