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Monday, 24 September 2018

Spot the Frippet: guichet.

This word is pronounced gooEEshay (or GWEEshay if you're not being quite so French).

A guichet is a small opening in a wall, a sort of hatch, but particularly the window of a ticket office.

File:20170716 ticket office of Nanpingbei Railway Station.jpg
Photo of Nanpingbei Station by SCJiangIt's in China, but you wouldn't know it, would you?

Receptionists sometimes hide behind them.

The important thing with a guichet is to look through it to see what sort of a calendar is on the wall.

Few things in the world are more revealing of character.

Spot the Frippet: guichet. This word is French, as I said. Before that it came from a Germanic language. The English word wicket came along a similar route from a similar source.

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