We were driving through the Champagne area northeast of Paris when we spotted this perfectly straight tall pine tree. A little suspicious of this perfect speciman, we made a U-turn and stopped to photograph it for GUARDIAN readers.
It is the size we don’t see often in the Northwest these days, but closer examination showed the tree is a perfect example of a French word made popular in World War I–CAMOUFLAGE.
ORIGIN World War I: from French, from camoufler ‘to disguise’
This “tree” is actually a man made CELL PHONE TOWER. Sure would be nice to require a little french treatment on some Boise specimens.
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