Tuesday, August 10, 2010

French word of the day: Aoûtiens

Def: the Frenchies who take their vacation in August (août)

This word comes grace à the Americans in France newsletter. I’d never heard it before and quite like it.

This is the time of year that France gets divided into two groups - Juillettistes or Aoûtiens. Juillettiste are those that go on vacation in juillet - July and Aoûtiens are those that go on vacation in août – August. The French have 5 weeks of paid vacation a year, many have more. Most people don’t take their 5 weeks all at once. Many take three to four weeks in the summer and it seems, all in one month - July or August.


  1. OMG
    You really know how to ruin a girls day don't you...sigh
    I do love that word 'Aoutiens'
    I wonder if everyone left the planet for vacance during aout what would happen...

  2. @ParisBreakfasts: The world would turn on it's amis and the southern hemisphere would be on top and a little chilly all by itself!

  3. * AXIS, not amis...what a terrible spelling error! lol