Poisson d’avril


Poisson d'avril


  • New Year originally started on April 1st.
  • King Charles IX said no and changed the date to the first of January with the Edict of Roussillon.
  • However, people were mad and decided to ignore the Edict and continue to celebrate on April 1st while mocking those who celebrated on January 1st.


  • Lent! When April 1st was the start of the new year, people couldn’t eat meat because of Lent. So they gave out fish!
  • When the tradition changed, people gave out fake fish on April 1st to those who celebrated January 1st to make fun of them!


  • United Kingdom:
    • Joking stops at midday.
    • Those who continue to make jokes are considered the fool
  • Scotland and Ireland:
    • Huntigowk Day
    • Deliver a sealed message
    • Continue to have the messenger deliver the sealed message
    • Because the message just says, “Send the fool further.”
  • Poland, Norway, Denmark, and Sweden:
    • Media hoaxes are made
    • First page is typically the news hoax
    • Not too serious and only 1 story but never know which story is fake
  • Italy, France, Belgium, and French Speaking Areas:
    • April Fish
    • Stick on someone’s back


  • Une farce: a practical joke
  • Une blague: a joke (physical or verbal)
  • Une histoire drôle: verbal funny story
  • Un jeu de mot: a pun
  • Rire: to laugh
  • Rigoler: to laugh
  • Je suis mort(e) de rire: I died from laughing
  • Je suis pété(e) de rire: I’m broken in two from laughing.


  • April Fool’s day is not a national holiday!!
  • Rather, it is merely widely celebrated in many countries.

Poisson d'avril 2


Poisson d’avril

The next French Club meeting will be tomorrow night to celebrate Poisson d’avril! We will be talking about the history of the holiday and how the French came to celebrate the holiday. While learning about the history, it may get a little fishy as you will also be able to make your own poisson d’avril! Come enjoy!
Date: Tuesday, March 31st
Where: Franz 217
Time: 6:00-7:00


Trudie Booth Wins 2015 Becky Houck Award


Excerpts from comments made by Dean Andrews:

Over the past several years the College of Arts and Sciences has honored a deeply deserving faculty member for his or her outstanding service to students in the field of mentoring and advising through the Becky Houck Award for Excellence in Advising.  In significant ways, the Becky Houck Award speaks clearly and graciously to the highest values of the College’s commitment to cura personalis — “care of the whole person.”  Trudie Booth, our 2015 award recipient, is a one-woman show who advises 26 majors and 17 minors, though that number of 43 advisees is certain to increase by the end of the academic year.

Indeed, one might say that Madame Booth not only encourages her students to become global citizens: she inspires them and models for them what global citizenship actually entails.  A francophile who inspires her students to embrace their UP education in order to lead and effect positive change in an ever-increasing global world, Trudie exemplifies what is meant by having that certain je ne sais qua that makes her such a deeply valued colleague and friend to all of us in the College.  Madame Booth is solely responsible for the French Studies major.  As a Lecturer she regularly offers Directed Studies to help some majors get the courses they need and the credit hours necessary when schedules are tight. In order to serve her advisees and help them create a schedule of study that is consistent with their educational goals and which reinforces their language and cultural mastery in French, Trudie maintains close contact with faculty in many other departments — such as History, Philosophy, and Political Science — in order to assist her students schedule the most advanced level courses available.  In effect, Trudie single handedly creates opportunities through cross-curricular programming that exemplifies the lived value of global competency.

Her mentoring of undergraduates is only surpassed by her amazing contact with alumni who come back to visit and share their experiences with students and faculty in the French Studies Program.  Trudie exemplifies the principles that inform the College’s Holy Cross mission in education.  She teaches hearts, minds, and actions in the world.  Because of her generosity, our French Studies students receive the blessings of having a rich and meaningful education that continues to enrich their lives and their families and communities long after they leave the Bluff.

Congratulations, Trudie!

Source: https://wordpress.up.edu/cas/2015/03/16/trudie-booth-wins-becky-houck-award/



Les lanceurs d’alerte

Chers étudiants,
Voici une vidéo sur les lanceurs d’alerte (whistle blowers). Durée: 2 minutes.

1- Est-ce une bonne chose qu’il y ait des lanceurs d’alerte? Pourquoi?
2- Quels sont les risques qu’encourt le lanceur d’alerte?
3- Si vous travailliez dans une compagnie qui pratique la fraude, ou une autre action malhonnête et contraire à l’éthique, que feriez-vous?

Note (16 mars 2015):

Je suis désolée, la video n’est plus disponible. Renseignez-vous sur l’activité principale des lanceurs d’alerte. Et puis, réfléchissez aux questions ci-desssus.