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"Actually," said Sharon, helping herself to another tortilla chip and salsa, "there's this French thing I've heard people say. "Shershay luh vim, or something like that. Supposedly it's this very clever and insightful thing to say, that makes people wink like they're on to some big secret, but I have no idea what it means."

"I think I've heard that," said Brigid. "I don't know what it means, either. Ask Greg. That's exactly the kind of pointless thing he would know. Hey Greg!"

Greg, eager to extract himself from conversation with Treville, bounded over to the table like a dog happy to see its owner. "You rang?"

"What does shershie luh fim mean?" Brigid asked.

"'Shershie luh...' Oh! You mean cherchez la femme?"

"Probably."

"It's French," said Greg.

"Thank you for that penetrating glimpse into the glaringly obvious."

Greg shrugged. "Well, it means 'look for the woman.' Sort of like our 'follow the money,' except it would be 'follow the woman.' The idea is that if two guys are having a fight or there's some other gigantic plastic hassle, it was probably stirred up by some troublemaking chick."

"Nice people, those French," said Sharon icily.

"Hey," said Greg, "I'm just telling you what it means, that doesn't mean I agree with it. I suppose you could go with Garry Trudeau's translation, which was 'Keep an eye peeled for broads.'"

"Even better," said Brigid.

"It was coined by Alexandre Dumas," said Greg, "of Three Musketeers fame. Evil women seem to be a favorite theme of his. O. Henry used it as a title for one of his stories, as well, which is probably where it came into popular parlance."

Sharon shook her head. "How do you know this stuff?" she asked.

Greg blinked. "Well, I ... uh ... you know, what's weird, I don't know how I know. I assume I must have read it somewhere."

"And yet," said Brigid, "this is a man who gets lost climbing the stairs to his own apartment."

"I didn't get lost!" Greg protested. "I just went up one flight too many."

"Case closed," said Brigid, and shooed him away.

-The Gneech

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athelind
May. 14th, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
Churchy La Femme.
trpeal
May. 14th, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Churchy La Femme.
Exactly.
kinkyturtle
May. 15th, 2008 04:46 am (UTC)
Re: Churchy La Femme.
Whee-hawken!
kylet
May. 14th, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
I actually had no idea what "follow the money" meant, so I had to look that up too ^ ^;;;

Pshaw. People have no respect for those of us who have useless trivia databases, AND a tendency to be lost in deep thought!

the_gneech
May. 14th, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC)
Heh. :) You don't grow up in Washington without quotes from All the President's Men getting drilled into you. ;)

-The Gneech
laurie_robey
May. 14th, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
Doubtless Greg was embroiled in some trivial thought and that's why he went up one flight too many. I picture him as a more intelligent Pinky, in that respect.
the_gneech
May. 14th, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC)
Brigid: "Are you pondering what I'm pondering?"

Greg: "I think so, Brigid — but how do you reconcile Cartesian free will in a mechanistic universe?"

Brigid: "..."

-The Gneech
tiger_claw
May. 15th, 2008 01:31 pm (UTC)
Oooh, I wanna play too! =D

Brigid: "Are you pondering what I'm pondering?"

Greg: "Well, I think so, Brigid, but if Jimmy cracks corn, and no one cares, why does he keep doing it?"

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