Your Friday French Fundamentals: Un Pousse-Cafe

January 25th, 2013

pous·se-ca·fé [puskæˈfeɪ]

The mix-up: The literal translation, “coffee-pusher”, might sound like someone looking for an accomplice in having a fourth cup of joe for the day.

Actual meaning: A colloquial term for “digestif“: a brandy or liqueur served after coffee at dinner.

Food for thought: A “pousse-café” is as much an aid in digestion as an excuse to linger over a meal in good company.

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