about me


Pascal Tréguer


My name is Pascal Tréguer, I am a French citizen. I graduated in French literature and linguistics from the University of Nantes and the Sorbonne. After teaching French as a foreign or second language in various countries (Ireland, Fiji, Tonga, New Caledonia, Romania, Britain) for most of my adult life, I am now living in Lancashire and devoting my time to uncovering the stories behind words and phrases. I am in particular trying to expose the falseness of many etymologies flourishing in books and on the Internet.

3 thoughts on “about me

  1. Wonderful site! I just used it in a post* to Twitter! I love words, and sayings, and I love to know their etymologies. I too have been very frustrated by false, faked, stupid guesses at meaning recently. You are doing a wonderful service to language! Keep up the good work!
    Re a new movie based on the 1958 book Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris. My post quoting you and including your website::
    Fell in love with the book as a teenager dreaming of beautiful clothes and Paris
    It’s unforgettable, beautifully written. I’ll see the movie! If you haven’t read the book, do!
    *2001, 1st trip to Paris, no dress but
    J’ai fait du lèche-vitrine chez Dior!


  2. Merci Pascal. Maintenant je comprends l’idée ” to have a chip on one’s shoulder…”. It didn’t make sense to me all these years until I read the history of this expression.
    I’ve explained the expression: ” Il ira loin si les petits cochons ne le mangent pas.” to a friend yesterday and she found it quite …. strange.


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