David from Sydney asked me :”If gauche is left, and droite is right, what is the connection between droite and tout droit for straight ahead ?” These can be confusing indeed because the two expressions look and sound very much alike. What particularly interested me in David’s question is, not surprisingly, whether there was a connection between tout droit et à droite, as in whether they had the same origin (because clearly, they don’t indicate the same direction!!)
Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode
A gauche = left / to the left
A droite = right / to the right
Tout droit = straight ahead
Droit (adj) = right (opposite of left); straight; upright/erect (vertical)
Droit (nm): law (course of study); right (what you have the right to do)
Droite (nf) = a straight line (geometry), the right side (eg of the road), right-wing (politics); a right (boxing)
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