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tête-à-tête

Postby eberntson » Thu Dec 12, 2013 12:10 pm

tête-à-tête

I) A private face-to-face conversation. II). A piece of furniture especially built for two people to have a tête-à-tête conversation.

This is certainly a fun word to say, you can see why we English speakers would appropriate this word. Much more fun than "face-to-face" (circa 1497), and "tête-à-tête" is a younger word by 200 years. The Franco-Anglo cultural exchange is quite wonderful IMHO.

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Re: tête-à-tête

Postby Slava » Thu Dec 12, 2013 7:33 pm

Face-to-face and face-time are cold to me. Tête-à-tête has a warm, confab, feeling. Perhaps because it's French? Image

"We had a face-to-face meeting" has a harsher feel to it than "We had a nice tête-à-tête."

Tête-à-tête feels more mutual, face-to-face can come across as confrontational.
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Re: tête-à-tête

Postby eberntson » Sat Jan 18, 2014 3:53 pm

Face-to-face is certain more serious, and if you want it to be confrontational then there is always the face-off.

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