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A French expression you can hear today


All doctors will have to be fully vaccinated against Covid from tomorrow, Friday October 15, in order to be able to continue working.

Since mid-September, doctors must prove that they have received at least one dose of the vaccine to continue practicing. Tomorrow it will be two.

Nearly 10% (9.9%) of nursing staff in health establishments and 4.5% of professionals in private practice had not received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine on September 21, according to the latest figures available from the French public health agency. .

The numbers represent a significant part of the healthcare industry, which means thousands of patients will be lost and vaccinated healthcare workers will be strained by the additional workload.

Unvaccinated doctors accused of leaving their patients’in a carafe‘.

TO ‘stay in a carafe ‘ (literally “to stay in the carafe or jug”) means to be left out, often out of nowhere. An English equivalent could be “to be left high and dry” or “to be left in the lurch”. You may also encounter the variation ‘fall into a carafe‘-‘ fall into the decanter ‘.

This expression was coined towards the end of the 19th century.

Most sources claim that it derives from slang, where the word “decanter” was used to refer to the mouth. Indeed, the open mouth has long been the symbol of a loss of words.

It expresses a state of shock and, by extension in this expression, also an abandonment.

Another theory is that the phrase refers to the vessel itself – if one were to be placed inside a decanter, they would be completely isolated, with no outlet.

A similar expression is’to find oneself in the water‘-‘ to end up with your beak in the water ‘.

It has various interpretations, including: being stuck in a difficult situation; not achieving something you wanted; of not knowing what to say.

In the 16th century, the expression ‘Hold the spout in the water‘(literally’ holding someone’s beak in the water ‘) was used in reference to broken promises. It is said that here, the beak was a metaphor for the mouth, and water for saliva.

Holding someone’s beak in the water meant making them “salivate” at the thought of something, so as not to keep the promise.

In the 19th century, the expression ‘to find oneself in the water‘was invented and is now used more generally to denote difficult or disappointing situations.

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