Thursday, November 18, 2004

Little Victory

On my nearly daily visit to the grocery store today I had put my items on the conveyor belt and was waiting to pay. The man ahead of me took out a 50 euro bill to pay for his items. The cashier asked "un centime?" If he gave her a cent then she could give him back two twenty euro bills. He looked at her and shook his head. She repeated, "un centime?" He shrugs his shoulder confused. Finally, I said, "do you have one cent to give her?" "Oh" he says in English and gives her the coin. See, my French is getting so good I'm translating for people. Have I done my good deed for the day, or what?

-- said Auntie M in Paris
10:33 AM



Actualy, the cashier should have asked for "un cent" since it's what it's written on this particular coin.
It's just a old french habit which is going back but there's nothing that says how we have to call them...

# posted by Jérôme : 11:43 PM  

Thanks for your comment. I agree. I actually had to check the spelling of centime because it says cent on the coin. Old habits die hard. My sister, who has lived in France or a French territory for nearly 20 years still converts things into Francs from Euro to understand the cost of an item.

# posted by Auntie M in Paris : 8:12 AM  

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