Word of the Day

sang·froid / ‘sän-‘f(r)wä/ noun
: self-possession or imperturbability especially under strain
Example Sentence: Le Monde, the newspaper of France’s political elite, accused the prime minister of sending a message of “staggering brutality” to the youth of the suburbs, who are for the most part children and grandchildren of African immigrants.
By invoking a law created in 1955 to put down unrest during the Algerian war of independence, Le Monde said, Mr de Villepin had “lost his sang-froid” and was sending the message that “France intends to treat them [the French-born children of immigrants] as it did their grandparents. The prime minister should remember that this spiral of incomprehension, of martial fever and powerlessness has driven the republic to its worst setbacks”.

If curfews are staggering brutality, what do they use when the “unrest” doesn’t peter out? Harsh language?

4 Responses to “Word of the Day”

  1. Ken Summers says:

    I think I feel a sangfroid coming on…

  2. (Better than a hemorrhoid, in your case.)

  3. Cindermutha says:

    ROFLMAO! Staggering brutality? I wonder if they’ll pop their heads out of their butts long enough to kiss it good bye. Nah.
    So if a curfew is “staggering brutality” is grounding your kids severe child abuse?

  4. GALA says:

    I lost my sang·froid when I read that in Japan they had a ‘Americans Not Welcome Here Sign’.
    I say, “Take your cars, stereos, and every other shitin thing you export here, and go home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

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