Thursday, July 14, 2005

Another Catchphrase

I think it was two years ago the WSJ had a little human interest article on the voiture de ballai, the van that picks up cyclists who poop out during the Tour de France. In what I feel is characteristically European lack of tact, the van actually has a broom lashed to the top. The article quoted the long-time driver, who sagely said,

"There are many tears in the ballai."

R. and I like to say this quite frequently in a heavy French accent. I think a hand-rolled cigarette clutched in the corner of one's mouth would add to the effect.

Anyway, it has definitely acquired the status of a family aphorism.

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