每日一词 | billet-doux

billet-doux
noun | [ˌbɪleɪ ˈdu:]

Definition
a love letter 情书

Did you Know?
法语单词biilet doux第一次出现在英语中,是在约翰·德莱顿(John Dryden)1673年的戏剧“Marriage a-la-Mode”中。在剧中,德莱顿通过一个喜剧角色Melanthe来取笑英国社会中的语言亲法者(Francophile)。其中,她未来的爱人Rodophil这样描述她:

No lady can be so curious of a new fashion as she is of a new French word; she’s the very mint of the nation, and as fast as any bullion comes out of France, coins it immediately into our language.

而她又是如此描述Rodophil的:

Let me die, but he’s a fine man; he sings and dances en Français, and writes the billets doux to a miracle.

情书

Examples of BILLET-DOUX
While cleaning out her parents’ basement, Amy stumbled upon a box containing billets-doux written by her dad to his high-school sweetheart—her mom.
“… when you stop to think about it the entire panoply of behaviours we consider as romantic, from sending little billets-doux, to developing a shared vocabulary of pet names, are … infantile. What’s romance, then, but a kind of childish make-believe?”
— Will Self, Prospect, 13 Oct. 2016

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