This came up at work - apropos of nothing, really. (Just goes to show that we obviously have too much time on our hands, I suppose.) Anyway, someone mentioned someone's boudoir so I asked did that person who'd mentioned it know the origin of the word and they said no...so I told them but they were in the middle of chatting to someone else, so I cut and pasted it from the Oxford Hachette English/French Dictionary (online edition) and emailed it to them.
And then I thought why restrict myself to boring my work colleagues with French lexical trivia, when I have an audience of ....ooooh, half a dozen....who could be just as easily involved in the tedium with a mere click of the mouse?:
bouder / bude / Þ verb table: aimer
I verbe transitif to avoid [personne]; to want nothing to do
with [études]; to stay away from [spectacle]; to
steer clear of [marchandise]; il ne boude pas
le vin/les distractions he never turns down a
glass of wine/a good time.
II verbe intransitif to sulk.
III se bouder verbe pronominal not to be on speaking
So there you go. The sulking room.
p.s. Doesn't the word boude just capture the meaning in sound? You can just picture the bottom lip cantilevering out as you hear it.
I wonder if Thierry Henry has got one......?
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