Thursday, April 30, 2009

Make ze Bridge

Another very common French expression "faire le pont", literally "make the bridge" is only applied to the situation where a public holiday falls on a Tuesday or Thursday and you decide to take off the Monday or Friday as well, to join the holiday up to the nearest weekend.
Which reminds me that "le weekend" has made it officially into French.

Understood, but less common is to "make the big bridge" when a holiday falls on a Wednesday & you join it to either weekend.

"Faire le pont" is so often handy that I am surprised there is not a similar expression in English, though I can see why it would be less used in American.

Parting thot: "A vacation should be just long enough that you're boss misses you, and not long enough for him to discover how well he can get along without you." - anon

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