9th December 2012, 10:18 AM
FR: à l'européenne
I recently learned that s'habiller a l'européenne means dress in a European way, and that this européenne should always be in feminine form.
But why is that? What does this noun-form of an adjective l'européenne refer to? What is the noun that this adjective is supposedly qualifying? When they use this phrase, does the speaker have in mind something like au style européen? (but this is masculine, I guess...)
9th December 2012, 10:29 AM
Re: a l'europeenne
It is because this expression is a short way to say "s'habiller à la manière européenne", and "manière" is feminine.
In fact it is not about style/fashion, because you also can say "saluer à la japonaise", "rouler à l'anglaise"...
10th December 2012, 3:18 PM