Get cozy Posted by Tim Hildreth on Feb 1, 2022 in Idioms, Music, Vocabulary
February may be the shortest month (thank goodness!) and meteorological spring might be just 28 days away, but with its cieux gris1grey skies, neige2snow, and froid3cold, it can feel like the longest! For me, there is no better month to get cozy than février!
Ça caille toujours …
The weather hasn’t gotten any warmer since DjeuhDhoah & Lieutenant Nicholson introduced us to a new way to talk about the cold in French via a little Brazilian detour. C’est un temps à rester chez soi, bien au chaud, avec un bon livre4It’s the kind of weather for staying home, nice and warm, with a good book.
During the pandemic, the Danish concept of hygge had a moment, as they say. I’ve never come across an exact French equivalent, but when le mistral blows en Provence, la pluie tombe en Bretagne5the rain falls in Brittany, or il neige dans les Vosges, les Alpes, ou les Pyrénées6or it snows in the Vosges, Alps, or Pyrenees mountains… it’s time to get cozy.
As I said, and as the two articles cited above confirm, there isn’t really a French equivalent of hygge – at least not any that conveys both cozy and convivial. But there is a French word that, for me, captures the idea of getting cozy and staying in when the weather is bad (or, really, anytime you don’t feel like going out) and that word is pantouflard.
Like hygge in French, there isn’t really a good English equivalent for pantouflard in English. It comes from the word pantoufle / slipper and refers to a person (or a state of mind/mood) for staying in your slippers all day, not doing much, and just being.
The song below, from French singer Étienne Daho, was my first introduction to the word … and is a great, catchy tune. I hope you like it!
- 1grey skies
- 4It’s the kind of weather for staying home, nice and warm, with a good book
- 5the rain falls in Brittany
- 6or it snows in the Vosges, Alps, or Pyrenees mountains
- 8Essentially, hygge means to create a warm ambiance and to take advantage of those wonderful parts of life with people that we love
- 9Hygge is more a feeling shared with family and friends, while ‘cocooning’ refers more to a solitary moment of rest, with a good book, for example
- 10A cozy day
- 11curl up in a armchair, wrap yourself in someone’s arms, our curl up in a comfortable bed
- 12a snake coiling itself up
- 13a rope well coiled
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