immortel, immortelle – French expression
un immortel, une immortelle – Mot du Jour
un immortel, une immortelle – an immortal – is the nickname given to French académicien/nes. Une immortelle is also a type of a dried flower, one that lasts forever. Careful with the word ‘académicien‘, don’t mix it up with an académicyen/ne, which ironically is a member of Star Academy, a reality TV show.
French académiciens are called immortels – immortals – because of the motto of the Académie Française, which is “To Eternity”.
The Académie Française was created in 1635 and has 40 members. Its purpose is to regulate French vocabulary and grammar. Immortels publish a dictionary which is supposed to be the authority on the language.
- « C’est vraiment une très bonne écrivaine. J’aimerais bien qu’elle devienne une immortelle un jour, même si l’Académie n’accepte pas le mot ‘écrivaine’ au féminin. »
- “She’s a really is very good writer. I would like her to become an immortal one day, even if the Academy does not accept the feminine form of the word ‘writer’.“
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