Hi Alain, >> What gives?!?!?!?! >> >> You're sounding more like an American every day. > >I wish you were right, but I bet Jay won't agree with you. He had to >suffer my poor English spoken during his stay here in Paris. You sure make some risky bets. The only thing I found missing in your English was confidence, and a little facility that comes with practice! I'm sure you can't say your English didn't beat my French all to heck. (Thanks for a great visit!) > >> Gees, you've picked >> up a lot of bad habits (and slang) from us. My apologies! >> >Indeed, I thought that "what gives?" was a bit familiar, but not >impolite. I'm wondering now what is the French translation for that >expression; many times I parrot what I read in this list not knowing >what I'm exactly saying. Nothing particularly impolite about "what gives?" I do not, though, recall reading it on this list. Are you sure you're not picking up some slang on the side? What did my godson teach you while we were in Paris? :) > 0"0 =J= a y "