Sign of the Weeque 11.02.15

February 10, 2015By David JaggardC'est Ironique!

C’est Ironique Sign of the Weeque


Plaque spotted on Rue de Gramont.This might not actually be a French company, but it’s still a pretty strange use of English and, more importantly, it offers me an excuse to shoot my mouth off about a small but significant difference in mindset between France and the United States:

In America, children pluck the petals off daisies saying, “(S)he loves me, (s)he loves me not…” French kids also dismember marguerites, but the recitation is somewhat different: “Il/elle m’aime un peu, beaucoup, passionnément, à la folie, pas du tout.” — “(S)he loves me a little, a lot, passionately, to the point of insanity, not at all.”

In other words, in the States your odds for emotional fulfillment are a straight 50-50, whereas in France you have a four out of five chance of getting at least a little makeout session. Much better.

Then again, you also have a 20 percent chance of acquiring a stalker, so I guess it balances out. David Jaggard

Have you seen a ridiculous sign in Paris? Or anywhere in France? Send me a photo in care of


An album of David Jaggard’s comic compositions is now available for streaming on Spotify and Apple Music, for purchase (whole or track by track) on iTunes and Amazon, and on every other music downloading service in the known universe, under the title “Totally Unrelated.”

Note to readers: David Jaggard’s e-book Quorum of One: Satire 1998-2011 is available from Amazon as well as iTunes, iBookstore, Nook, Reader Store, Kobo, Copia and many other distributors.

Follow C’est Ironique on Facebook and Twitter.

What do you think? Send a comment:

Your comment is subject to editing. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe for free!

The Paris Update newsletter will arrive in your inbox every Wednesday, full of the latest Paris news, reviews and insider tips.